Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he hopes to have a bill to
address gun violence on the Senate floor soon after the Easter break, and he
said that bill will not include an assault weapons ban.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told reporters she is disappointed that her ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines will not be part of a larger bill, but she acknowledged it will likely make it easier to pass gun-related legislation through the Senate.
Reid, D-Nev., said Feinstein's measure did not have the support to clear the floor and could not pass the 60-vote threshold needed to be considered by the full Senate. "I have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues," he said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed three other gun-related measures, in addition to the assault weapons ban, that are expected to be considered in some form on the Senate floor. Feinstein's ban will be voted on as an amendment to the larger package.
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