You could almost see this coming. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) is a fan of guns, and also knows that legislation like an assault weapons ban could seriously damage the Dems chances for the 2014 mid-terms for Senate races. And, really, how often did you hear him discuss the ban? Beuller?
(Politico) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Monday that a controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill that was expected to reach the Senate floor next month.
After a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, a frustrated Feinstein said she learned that the bill she sponsored — which bans 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — wouldn’t be part of a Democratic gun bill to be offered on the Senate floor. Instead, it can be offered as an amendment. But its exclusion from the package makes what was already an uphill battle an almost certain defeat.
The ban is supported by more than a dozen Senate Democrats and the White House, as well as gun-control groups.
In fact, S.150 is supported by only 21 other Senate Democrats, none of them named Harry Reid, which is a pretty low number considering how quickly Democrats attempted to use the Sandy Hook tragedy to assault 2nd Amendment Rights. Reid also knows that the Some Scary Looking Guns bill will most likely not make it past a filibuster.
Aside from the ban, three other major pieces of gun legislation have been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee: a gun trafficking bill, a Democrats-only background checks measure and a proposal to increase school safety.
The gun trafficking bill should pass. The background check measure will most likely not be part of the bill brought to the floor, since it is will probably receive no support from Republicans, as it goes very, very far, particularly in retaining people’s information. And there’s a big danger in making the mental health information of citizens readily available to The Government.
Anyhow, we’ll see if DiFi brings her big and complicated scary guns legislation to the floor. It goes after not just the guns you expect, but bolt action and single shot rifles, competition rifles, and lots of shotguns.