Biden had said that whether Congress acts or not, he was going to use all the resources at his disposal as President to keep the American people safe from gun violence.
President Joe Biden said "we have to act," but prospects for any major changes were dim, for now, in the closely divided Congress.
There is roughly one school shooting a week in the United States, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that is pushing to limit the proliferation of firearms in the country.
Mass shootings at US schools are rising rapidly, killing more people in the last 18 years than in the entire 20th century.
Authorities say a series of shootings in rural Northern California left five people dead, including the shooter, and that two children were among the wounded.
US lawmakers bolstered efforts Thursday to ban devices used by the Las Vegas shooter to make his guns fire faster.
Nearly 12,000 Americans have been killed by guns in 273 mass shootings in 2017 so far – one incident for each day.