Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that despite a recent spate of deadly shootings across the country, there isn't enough support in the Senate to revisit gun-control legislation.
"I would love to bring it back up, but I can't do it until I have the votes," the Nevada Democrat told reporters Tuesday. "At this stage we don't have the votes."
"We have to keep working the issue, but it's 'shooting of the week' is what we have now."
The Senate in April rejected a plan to expand background checks on firearms sales as well as a proposal to ban some semi-automatic weapons. The bill fell five votes short of the 60 needed to clear a filibuster.
Several major shootings in recent weeks have renewed calls to tighten gun control laws, including an incident Monday night in which a gunman opened fire in a crowded New Jersey shopping mall before killing himself. There were no other injuries.
Another shooting took the life of an unarmed Transportation Security Administration official last week after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport.
When asked if TSA officials should be allowed to carry firearms, Reid said, "that's something that's being looked at." He added "the head of the TSA, as I understand it, has said no" to such a proposal.
But Reid said there are other ways to increase airport safety, such as standardizing security measures for all airports.
"They're different now. And I think it will be much better if we had a rule in all airports as to where people leave, what kind of security we have there, where they come into the airport itself, without arming everybody," he said.