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Second Amendment Harry Reid pulls Plug on FeinSwine's AWB Bill

Discussion in 'Bill of Rights' started by BTPost, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    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."
    Feinstein, an author of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired after a decade, said that Reid, D-Nev., 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 slay
    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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  2. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+

    Trick to make us think we won, then on Friday at 3pm BAM right in the constitutional BALLS, they'll pass something we didn't see comming. Always watch what the other hand is doing.

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  3. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey++

    At least gun prices may go down for a short time, but i bet the mag shortage gets worse.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Watch for a last minute amendment to the bill.
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  5. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter

    always - never fails. Another tactic is a white noise blizzard of minor bills generating apathy
  6. gasman28110

    gasman28110 Monkey+

    Watch out the UN bull shit this week!!!
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  7. fmhuff

    fmhuff Monkey+++

    You all know it's only a tactical retreat. The enemies of freedom never rest. Neither should we.
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  8. bebop

    bebop My Maggie

    this is what they did the last time. they waited untill dec,24 at 11pm to push it thru at the last minute we should keep our guards up they'll try and do it again. they said it up front that they are going to get it added on as an amendment
  9. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    NO! It was NOT! How long will they keep spouting BALD FACED LIES!?!?!?! It was proven that an "assult-type weapon" was NOT used (no, a magazine fed handgun is NOT....nevermind).
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  10. bebop

    bebop My Maggie

    @DarkLight as long as they think the sheeple will beleive it they keep pushing that trash
  11. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King Site Supporter

    This will be used as cover to get magazine ban and universal background checks...the AWB had no chance to get through the House anyway.
  12. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    If Reid considers only the straw purchasing measure, it is likely that senators who favor gun rights will offer a flood of pro-gun amendments, many of them likely to pass the full Senate, which could essentially turn a bill intended to strengthen gun regulations into one that enhances gun rights.
    Silversnake likes this.
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