Like a clay pigeon at a Trap-Shooting Range, Senator Harry Reid shot down Senator Dianne Feinstein's proposed assault weapons and high-capacity magazine ban.
Due to a lack of support in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate, Reid pulled Feinstein's anti-gun proposals from the main bill, but said he would allow them to be offered up as separate amendments.....
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided the federal assault weapons ban will not be a part of the base bill and warned Tuesday an expansion of background checks to cover private sales might not make the cut, either.
Instead, a bipartisan measure cracking down on straw purchasing and illegal trafficking of firearms will serve as the foundation of firearms legislation.
That is a significant blow to Obama, who recently touted that the Senate Judiciary Committee had advanced “three of the most important elements of my proposal to help reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”
Obama’s three pillars have been reduced to one, with the bill facing an uncertain future in the GOP-led House.
Reid said the assault weapons ban sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which faces staunch opposition from the gun rights group, could have sunk the entire legislative effort.
Reid told Feinstein that he would give her a vote on the assault weapons ban, which includes curbs on high-capacity clips, and a second vote on a stand-alone amendment to ban high-capacity bullet magazines.
In response to Reid pulling her assault weapons and magazine ban from the Gun Bill, Feinstein, having less than 40 votes in support of her proposals, cackled back...
“This is very important to me and I’m not gong to lay down and play dead,” she said on CNN. “I think the American people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation.”Having far less than enough support, Feinstein's anti 2nd Amendment proposals will most likely be shot down again when offered up as amendments.
“If it’s an amendment, it’s not a symbolic vote,” she said. “I did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. It was enacted there, it went on the House, and it was enacted there.”
And, if for some reason the gun bill passes out of the Senate with Feinstein's amendments, as long as the GOP members in the GOP-controlled House remember they are conservative and supposed to support our 2nd Amendment rights, and as long as Speaker John Boehner is not having another "I Love Obama" moment, there should be no chance of it passing out of the House like it did in 1994.