Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate's schedule is too packed to have a debate on gun control.
Reporters asked the Nevada Democrat about the issue less than a week after a gunman killed 12 people and wounded dozens at a movie theater in Aurora, Col.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama suggested he'd favor some additional restrictions on guns, while Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney said changing laws would not prevent tragedies like the Aurora shootings.
Reid said he supported Obama's remarks. But he said with the Senate's busy schedule, there will not be a debate on guns.
Asked if the Senate might debate the issue next year, Reid said, "Nice try."
Gun control is a politically delicate issue in Congress, which hasn't approved legislation curbing guns in years.
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