Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), under pressure from Second Amendment-supporting constituents, won’t include an assault weapons ban in the final draft of his upcoming anti-gun rights legislation, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The legislation will, however, infringe on the sales of weapons from one state to the next; restrict the types of ammunition magazines Americans can own; and subject Americans to additional law enforcement scrutiny when exercising the constitutional right to purchase a weapon.
The Journal reports, however, that Reid will allow amendments to the legislation. One can expect California Senator Diane Feinstein (D), a longtime avid gun-grabber, to propose the assault weapons ban as an amendment. We’ll see if Reid allows it while personally opposing, allowing it to come up while he insists to his constituents there was nothing he could do.
The legislation is likely DOA in the House of Representatives — UNLESS Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) once again abandons the majority of the majority rule, and permits Democrats and a handful of Republicans to ram the bill through. If he does, and to be fair there’s no indication he will, there would very likely be a conservative revolt against his speakership.