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Assault Weapons Ban At Dead End In Senate

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate said Tuesday a decision has been made to drop the assault weapons ban from the gun control bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said the gun control legislation would not get the 60 votes it would need to pass on the Senate floor with the ban included, the Washington publication Politico reported.

Reid said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who sponsored the ban language and marshaled it through the Judiciary Committee on a 10-8 vote last week, “worked so hard on this” since she found San Francisco Mayor George Moscone assassinated in his office in 1978, but it lacks wide enough support.

“I know that, but right now her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That’s not 60,” Reid said. “I have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues.”

He said he was aiming for a vote next month after the Senate returns from its Easter break.

Feinstein said she was “obviously … disappointed,” but said separate amendments providing for the assault weapons ban and outlawing large-capacity clips would get floor votes, The Washington Post reported.

“The enemies on this are very powerful, I’ve known that all my life,” Feinstein said, referring to the National Rifle Association. “But I’m confident this bill would be constitutional.”

Roll Call reported Feinstein said she “tried my best, but my best, I guess, wasn’t good enough.”

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  • JeffH

    Are not we being told by “The Enlightened Ones” that we simply must have even more gun control laws on the books? And “this time we mean it!”. ” This time, if we just pass XYZ, all these horrible crimes will simply vanish, and of course “do it for the children”.

    Even Sarah Brady admits that her group(Brady Bunch), and presumably by default all other Anti Gun Groups, aren’t concerned with actually prosecuting those who engage in criminal conduct.

    The so-called “universal background check” system should be dismissed by any lawmaker who is serious about protecting constitutional freedom and improving public safety. No idea is good if it doesn’t work. No legislation is reasonable if it fails to accomplish its purported goal — to prevent violent criminals and the mentally ill from acquiring firearms.

    Criminals won’t participate in a “universal” system. They’ll always steal or get their guns, and everything else they want, on the black market. Reasonable people know that criminals will never be part of the “universe.” That universal failure endangers us all.

    The mentally ill won’t be included in the system. For the past 20 years, government has failed to include records even for those who have been judged mentally ill by a court.

    The only “universe” will be law-abiding, sane, decent, non-threatening Americans who have already participated in the check system for two decades now. It will be the names of good people — and only their names — that will go into a database, subjected to potential federal registration and abuse of privacy.

    No, there is nothing at all “universal” about the proposed background check — and nothing reasonable about legislation that doesn’t include criminals and the mentally disturbed in its “universe.”

    They’re not even interested in prosecuting criminals caught lying on a background check form, 4473, in an attempt to straw purchase a firearm, an act which is a felony. Nearly 80,000 people committed such a felony, yet only 44 were Prosecuted!

    47 percent of those 80,000 people were already convicted felons and 19 percent were wanted fugitives. That is a whopping 66 percent, or almost exactly two thirds of those attempts were committed by people who are already barred by Federal and or State Law from even touching a firearm, let alone trying to purchase one. A 2008 Justice Dept Study found that those who are denied because of a failed background check were significantly more likely to commit a violent crime, even after having been denied.

    As for Feinstein’s lifelong hatred of citizen gun owners and despite her complete ignorance regarding assault weapons, or any other weapons for that matter…

    Freedom has prevailed for the time being!

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