Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinIllinois senators meet with Amtrak CEO over ,000 price tag for wheelchair users Durbin pushes back on Dershowitz claims: 'Give me a break professor' Senators ready for question time in impeachment trial MORE (D-Ill.) said Thursday that there was absolutely "zero" chance of Congress passing an assault weapons ban anytime soon. 

Durbin said he supports a ban on assault weapons, but that he saw no political possibility for moving such legislation. 

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"I am a co-sponsor of the bill that would limit the sale of these high-capacity magazine clips and I also think that we should be careful when it comes to selling guns — not to sell them to people with either a terrorist criminal background or mental instability — you know, I support all that," Durbin said on the "Bill Press Show." "What are the chances of — even the consideration — let alone the passage of those measures this year? Zero."

Durbin said there could "perhaps" be a debate on an assault weapons ban, "perhaps a vote, but not even close to passing."

Legislation banning assault weapons was signed into law by then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense Some considerations for the US-Iran political interchange Starr makes Trump team debut: We are living in an 'age of impeachment' MORE in 1994 but expired in 2004.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has renewed his push for legislation — co-sponsored by Durbin — that would ban high-capacity gun magazines. The shooter in Aurora, Colo., allegedly used high-capacity magazines.

Some Democrats have also called on wide gun reforms such as tougher screenings for people seeking to buy guns and an assault weapons ban.

But both top Democrats and Republicans and President Obama himself BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE-agrees-with-obama-on-gun-laws" href="%20http://thehill.com/homenews/house/239897-boehner-agrees-with-obama-on-gun-laws">have said that Congress would not pass gun reform laws this cycle.

"The White House has made clear that they are not going to use this horrific event to push for legislation," House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday. "And I agree."