Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they're eager to turn back to the issue of gun control — but admitted it won’t happen any time soon.

Sens. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.), in a recent joint appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” (AP)

"I don’t know exactly when it’s going to come back exactly on the Senate floor, but I’m very happy that we have some Republicans who are talking out loud that they’d like to take another look at this," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday.

Reid said he met with voters during last week's congressional recess who "shook their heads in dismay that the Republicans here in Congress – and not all Republicans feel this way – Republicans here in Congress feel that if someone has deep, severe mental problems they should be able to buy a gun. Or that someone who’s a criminal should be able to buy a gun. I’m in lockstep with the American people, and I don’t know about the NRA, but I’d rather be in lockstep with the American people."