After a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, a frustrated Feinstein said she learned that the bill she sponsored â€” which bans 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines â€” wouldnâ€™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.
Looks like Harry Reid, who likely doesn’t want to vote on it, told her no. Now the question becomes what the Democrats are going to try to pass in its stead.Â The gods of “Something Must be Done!” have to be appeased, you see. The Dems also likely can’t deal the President a complete embarrassment, so something will be done.
There are two likely paths: Reid could advance a gun trafficking bill with a school safety provision; some form of background checks and the assault weapons ban would then be offered as amendments. In the other scenario, Reid might offer a background checks bill that includes the gun trafficking and school safety provisions, with assault weapons again offered as an amendment.
Apparently the gun control groups are willing to go with a background check bill that is “slightly less stringent” than Schumer’s S.374 “background check” bill. Slightly less is not going to be remotely acceptable. We’re not going to have every gun owner in this country living at the whim of a federal prosecutor because he handed a gun to someone outside of some ridiculous list of exemptions. End of story.