Feinstein's Assault Weapons Ban goes down in defeat

ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN WON’T BE IN DEMS‘ GUN BILL

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BY ALAN FRAM
ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP)Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided that a proposed assault weapons ban won’t be part of a gun control bill the Senate plans to debate next month, the sponsor of the ban said Tuesday, a decision that means the ban stands little chance of survival.
Instead, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she will be able to offer her ban on the military-style firearms as an amendment. Feinstein is all but certain to need 60 votes from the 100-member Senate to prevail, but she faces solid Republican opposition and likely defections from some moderate Democrats.
“I very much regret it,” Feinstein, D-Calif., told reporters of Reid’s decision. “I tried my best.”
Asked about the decision, Reid, D-Nev., said he wanted to bring a gun bill to the full Senate that would have enough support to overcome any GOP attempts to prevent debate from even starting.
He said that “using the most optimistic numbers,” there were less than 40 votes for Feinstein’s ban. That is far less than the 60 votes needed to begin considering legislation, and an indication that Reid feared that including the assault weapons ban in the main guns bill would risk getting the votes needed to begin debate.
“I’m not going to try to put something on the floor that won’t succeed. I want something that will succeed. I think the worst of all worlds would be to bring to something to the floor and it dies there,” Reid said.
Feinstein, an author of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired after a decade, said that Reid told her of the decision on Monday.
There are 53 Democrats in the Senate, plus two independents who usually vote with them.
An assault-type weapon was used in the December massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that revived gun control as a top issue in Washington. Banning those firearms was among the proposals President Barack Obama made in January in response to those slayings.
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 therefore amass the strongest possible vote for the overall legislation.
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 will be two votes.
One would be on her assault weapons ban, which also includes a ban on ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition. 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 Senate Judiciary Committee has approved four gun control measures this month, including Feinstein’s barring assault weapons and high capacity magazines. The others would expand required federal background checks for firearms buyers, increase federal penalties for illegal gun trafficking and boost school safety money.
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0 responses to “Feinstein's Assault Weapons Ban goes down in defeat

  1. Don’t jump for joy yet. Deceit and lies are her game (and Reid’s). At the 11th hour, 59.5 seconds, things could change. But for now I am wearing a happy face.

     
  2. Take that, boom!
    I’m going to celebrate by shooting this afternoon!

     
  3. Steve, I love both of her portrait photos. Very flattering.

     
  4. Things aren’t quite right yet for the gun control lobby. There’s been an escalation of arms manufacturers digging in their heels and some bad PR like the Giffords thing.
    But this will always be on the agenda no matter what.
    The only danger is that the gun control loonies will launch another false flag event to raise their profile.

     
  5. They are LYING right from the start, THERE WERE NO ASSULT WEAPONS USED IN NEWTOWN, it was PISTOLS. These people just CAN’T QUIT LYING! Sort of like Ted Kennedy saying that he wasn’t a Drunk, a Womanzer or a Killer! I never realized how much these slime balls lied! Semper Fi.

     
  6. I SWEAR she is shapeshifting in the photo and that’s why she is covering her face. She’s so pissed she can’t keep from doing it. lol

     
  7. Oh, but, HEY, with the UN Small Arms Treaty going on this week, maybe THEY’LL get the work done in one fell swoop. ◕ _ ◕

     
    • You’re right . This is what needs to be watched carefully . Having it done by the U.N. gives Barry and the libs in Congress plausible deniability . This pres. and these gun-grabbers do not take no for an answer !

       
      • japoa, Correct me if I’m wrong , but no treaty trumps the Constitution.
        I know, not that it matters to these people , but they are left with same prob. Just how in the hell do you get 250 million guns to turn them selves in.
        Seems like a Mexican standoff to me.
        Badges, we don’t need no stinkin badges. 😀
        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ]

         
        • I think treaties with the u.n. fall under a different category . I’m not sure of this one way or the other . I’ve had this discussion with my brother and he insists a u.n. treaty trumps the const. I don’t know !

           
  8. Come on people wake up its a given, following the pattern since 911, the all out attack on the Constituion, by the Government that they are taking the guns. We can even see that they can create valid reasons for whatever they do with the media anytime they want, even if they have to make up a storie.

     
    • yearight, sounds like you’ve given up. You say it’s a given they are taking the guns. Umm, one problem. They have to come get them first.
      Molon Labe. google it if you don’t know the meaning.

       
  9. Been hearing this today and I think we need to be careful not to claim victory just yet. These people are vicious liars who enjoy the cover of the media. It would be just like them to take this off the “offensive” and then backdoor it as an ammendment.

     
  10. Mariel and Ted are right. Obama’s socialist medicine program was DOA a couple of times, and he still rammed it through. It’s important to remain vigilant, and send Thank You notes to Senator Cruz and others who helped stall this.

     
  11. SEE the CZARS of Obama and I n Europe are here to De-develop the Western Nations because these are same extreme Environmentalists that want to DE populate the world and save the earth from Overpopulation …. and they wonder why they cannot get gun control through !!!! http://cnsnews.com/node/75388
    The DE-Industrialization of the western nations with the flawed and fraudulent Free Trade Policy of the 1990s that was managed in a Egregious and Treasonous manner and done so ON PURPOSE to make society DEPENDENT on Government so they could takeover and control the rate of Free Market driven Consumption to save Earth from Over Population Consumption is why we are watching this slow moving train wreak of our self reliant wealth creation system the Founders designed our Nations Constitution to Protect we the people from Ideologues who become convinced in the Academia and start to usurp freedom ……. whew that was a Long Winded statement but it felt good to say !!!!

     
  12. Government goons should face the same restrictions concerning guns that private citizens do.
    At least the odds will be somewhat even.
    After all, the 2nd Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunters and target-shooters, but everything to do with tyrannical government.
    -Dave

     

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