DiFi Laments: Harry Reid Betrayed Me on Assault Weapons Ban
Senator Dianne Feinstein is wringing her hands, which won’t be confiscating American firearms anytime soon. Harry Reid has kiboshed the Assault Weapons Ban’s inclusion in a Senate gun control package.
Here is what DiFi said:
“What Senator Reid told me is that I would have an opportunity for a vote. I take him at his word. I told him also that it would be my intention to separate out the prohibition on the future, manufacture, transfer, sales, possession of large ammunition-feeding devices of more than ten bullets. I asked him if this could be part of a package. He said no. And I took away from that meeting the belief that we would have a vote on the full bill, and a vote on ammunition-feeding devices of more than ten bullets.
I think the American people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. It’s aimed to protect children, to protect schools and malls. It’s aimed to dry up the supply of these over time. And it came out on a 10-8 vote of the Judiciary Committee. Not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust.”
The removal of the Assault Weapons Ban could make the other provisions in the Senate gun control package, like universal background checks, appear more reasonable. Whether or not such background checks could lead to a national gun registry, and thus become a federal resource for gun confiscation, is a major question that must be resolved.