House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is making no commitments on gun control legislation.
Shortly after the Senate voted to proceed with debate, Boehner told his weekly news conference that he expects the House to act.
But he couldn't say what or how, since the Senate has far to go.
"Listen," he said, "the issue of guns (has) been an issue for the 22 years that I've been in Congress. And the thing that we have to remember is that laws are only as good as our citizens' willingness to obey them.
"And law-abiding citizens, do, in fact, obey them. Criminals don't obey them. In addition to that, we've got a system of laws that are not in force today."
Boehner added: "Now, I would think that before we begin to add more rules and regulations on law-abiding citizens, that we at least expect our law enforcement personnel and the Department of Justice to enforce the current law, which they are not doing."