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Assault weapons ban won't be in Dems' gun bill



Published: Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 2:50 p.m.

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 today, 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 slayings.


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1VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

This is not over...just the beginning.

After Diane Feinstein called gun owners "the enemy", she proceeded to talk about her next move to get around her defeat and press on with her anti-gun agenda. There should be 80 to 100 million gun owners who are upset with her calling them "the enemy".

Personally, I think Diane Feinstein is showing her true self and agenda. She is an arrogant politician on public dole driven to destroy our Constitution and the rights it provides to all citizens. She and her political cronies in California have driven that state to bankruptcy through reckless spending and passing laws, rules and regulations that hamper growth. No longer is private enterprise encouraged, it is heavily taxed to support the unregulated governmental growth.

California is dying...businesses and people are leaving. Why should we allow her to do the same to the rest of our country? We need to keep our Constitutional Rights intact. Don't allow politicians such as Diane Feinstein to change history for the sake of her personal agenda. We cannot afford it and neither can our children.

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2walter_sobchak(1901 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

All weapons are assault weapons! It is the very defintion of the word. The intent of the weapon is either to use it to attack or defend against attack. In fact, a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to have and use arms cannot be infringed. What we have here is a coordinated attack on a Constitutionally guaranteed right of the citizens by demonizing the weapons based on appearance.

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