Senator Reid Won’t Back Feinstein’s Assault-Weapons Ban

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D, NV) took a pass on directly supporting the most talked about Democrat-sponsored anti-gun legislation in Washington. The bill, sponsored by California’s Dianne Feinstein (D, CA), would renew and enlarge a federal ban on assault weapons.

Feinstein’s legislation was introduced to great media fanfare last week, but this week Reid told reporters that he’d bring other legislation to the floor and allow it to undergo what promises to be a lengthy amendment process.

Reid declined to commit to bringing Feinstein’s bill to the floor even though that bill was publicly supported by the Democrat’s second and third ranking senate members.

Senate Leader Reid praised Senator Feinstein for her enthusiasm for her bill but suggested hers wasn’t the only game in town. “We’re going to have votes on all kinds of issues dealing with guns, and I think everyone would be well advised to read the legislation before they determine how they’re going to vote,” he said to reporters.

As part of that process, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D, VT) also announced plans to hold hearings on gun violence.

Perhaps this whole issue is making Senator Reid a bit uncomfortable, though. After all, Harry Reid was one of the Democrats that in 2004 helped stave off a renewal of the 1994 assault weapons ban. And yet this time he has promised to do his utmost to “bring legislation dealing with guns and violence” to the floor.

In fact, Reid’s own website touts his past opposition to assault weapons bans. On the “Sportsmen for Harry Reid” page on his 2012 campaign website, the Senator proudly proclaims his support for the Second Amendment, saying he “staunchly opposed to the so-called assault weapons ban, played a critical role in passing a law to protect gun manufacturers from junk lawsuits, and consistently votes to protect Nevadans’ Second Amendment rights.”

On that same page, Reid even featured the endorsement of the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre who said he was “proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Reid in our fight to protect the Second Amendment.”

Will the Democrat’s top man in the Senate continue to walk this tightrope, or will he throw to the winds all pretense of supporting the Second Amendment and go with a Feinstein-like gun ban?

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  • GarandFan

    “I think everyone would be well advised to read the legislation before they determine how they’re going to vote,”

    Well that’s gotta be a first for Democrats. Is Harry rethinking his support and vote for ObamaCare? It’s a little late now, Harry.

    • Vagabond661

      Kinda opposite thing to Pelosi’s “We need to pass this bill so we can find out what’s in it.”

  • 914

    No biggie. Harry wants his name attached and some cash on the side.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Hmph, looks like somebody doesn’t care about the children.

  • retired.military

    Who will call him on it? Certainly not the MSM., They will claim the republicans stopped it from coming to a vote in the senate.

    • jim_m

      Credit the GOP will likely not deserve.

      With a new Pew poll saying that for the first time a majority of Americans view the federal government as a threat to their personal rights and freedoms the best thing that could happen is the GOP being given credit for stopping gun control.

      Even 2 fifths of dems think government is a threat. The far left has overstepped the bounds.

  • Al_x

    I read the stupid bill. It is in fact very stupid. Ban a gun in one list and then exempt the same gun with the condition that it has a wood stock. We need a requirement, that if they didn’t read it they can’t vote on it. There should be a process where they have to give a summary on certain important parts on the bill, and have to answer pointed questions on it.

    • herddog505

      While I think you’ve got a great idea, let’s remember that these are members of Congress we’re talking about. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect a third grader to explain the high points of The Mouse and the Motorcycle, but asking a member of Congress (even one who’s been there for twenty years) to explain the contents of a bill… Well, some things are just over the line.

      • Al_x

        The sad truth.

  • Olsoljer

    Any legislation or executive order infringing the 2nd Amendment is treason. It is what it is.

  • dwb41539

    This whole gun thing is a gun haters knee jerk reaction. Read what over 1000 Green Berets have to say on the issue

  • Tebowfan

    Good! For once Harry Reid got something right! Of course, he’ll probably quit opposing it and vote for it anyway, but if Harry Reid opposes it, maybe we aren’t as bad off as we thought we were.