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Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun control bill
March 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

 

The leader of the Democrat-controlled Senate on Tuesday dropped a proposed assault weapons ban from the chamber’s gun-control package – dealing a blow to supporters of the ban, though it could still come up for a vote.

The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., revealed that Reid told her the proposed ban would not be in the initial package. Feinstein said she's "disappointed" with the decision, and is expected to nevertheless offer it as an amendment.

But the move by Reid to cut it from the main bill signals a lack of congressional support for a proposal that would not only revive, but strengthen, the decade-long ban that expired in 2004.

The proposed ban passed was passed last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with three other measures. The others dealt with providing more school safety aid, expanding federal background checks on potential gun buyers and helping authorities prosecute illegal gun traffickers.

Feinstein has led the gun-control charge since President Obama called for federal legislation in the wake of the Newtown and other mass shootings.

The assault weapons ban was the most controversial of the major proposals to restrict guns that have been advanced by Obama and Senate Democrats. Because of that, it had been expected that the assault weapons measure would be left out of the initial package the Senate considers, with Democrats hoping the Senate could in turn amass the strongest possible vote for the overall legislation.

There are 53 Democrats in the Senate, plus two independents who usually vote with them.

Having a separate vote on assault weapons might free moderate Democratic senators facing re-election next year in Republican-leaning states to vote against the assault weapons measure, but then support the remaining overall package of gun curbs.

Gun control supporters consider a strong Senate vote important because the Republican-run House has shown little enthusiasm for most of Obama's proposals.

Feinstein said Reid told her there would be two additional votes. One would be on her assault weapons ban, which also includes a ban on ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 rounds. The second would just be on prohibiting the high-capacity magazine clips.

Many Democrats think the ban on large-capacity magazines has a better chance of getting 60 votes than the assault weapons ban.

The Associated Press contributed to this report



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/19/reid-cuts-assault-weapons-ban-from-senate-gun-control-bill-amid-waning-support/#ixzz2O1the0NE

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  • Euphoric
    March 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM

     bump

  • Fushithedruid
    March 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    woohoo

    screw Feinstein, ugh i can't stand her. at least Reid has some brains left, lol. Feinstein needs to realize that knee-jerk, personal agendas don't fit very well with current senate. *shakes head* any and all who support her bans need a swift kick in the rear.

  • TranquilMind
    March 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    No, she will stick it in on an unrelated bill about corn or something, hoping no one catches it.  That's how they play the game in Washington. 

  • grandmab125
    March 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM

     The consensus of opinion has been that it probably wouldn't happen, because Reid is trying to protect the dems running in 2014.  21 of the 33 seats up for reelection are dems in the Senate, and 37 house democrats are also up in 2014.

  • candlegal
    March 20, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    It is the same ones who support Pelosi, ugh.   They both need to retire.

    Quoting Fushithedruid:

    woohoo

    screw Feinstein, ugh i can't stand her. at least Reid has some brains left, lol. Feinstein needs to realize that knee-jerk, personal agendas don't fit very well with current senate. *shakes head* any and all who support her bans need a swift kick in the rear.


  • Doodlesrevenge
    March 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

     Good...I am so sick of the government knee-jerking on issues I could scream.  Honestly, they need to spend more time on other issues such as the budget and sequester.  But that is my humble opinion.

  • Carpy
    by Carpy
    March 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I wonder if Harry would exclude himself from owning his AR15 if they did vote to ban "assault" weapons.  (even though fully auto's are already pretty much banned.)

  • Woodbabe
    March 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Its all fun and power games until the reality of re-elections season raises its head...

  • LuvmyAiden
    March 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Victory is short lived unfortunately! This battle is over but the war is far from won. The UN stuff is the issue now and any bills that come up in the future that mimic the AWB or use parts of it.

  • TruthSeeker.
    March 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

     Happy to hear.

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