Just when we thought we were getting somewhere…
Democrats confirmed that a proposed ban on assault weapons will not be included in a package of gun reform legislation that’s set to be introduced to the Senate.
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, confirmed to reporters Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will remove an assault weapons ban from a package of gun reform legislation, and offer it separately as an amendment.
“I very much regret it,” Feinstein said of Reid’s decision. “I tried my best.”
Reid’s decision signals how politically volatile the issue of an assault weapons ban remains and suggests that any gun reform measure would die in the Senate if it included such a ban—something many political observers have long suggested.
Earlier this month, The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Feinstein’s bill, which would have banned assault weapons as well as magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
The assault weapons ban was hailed by Democrats, including President Barack Obama, who has advocated for the measure.
Now the future of another assault weapons ban is unknown…but the battle against gun-control continues.
We’re hoping for the best.