Senate Gun Bill May Not Touch Assault Weapons
But Reid camp looking to get measure to floor next month
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2013 8:40 AM CST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters after a weekly Democratic strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Senate Democrats are hoping to put a gun control bill on the floor by next month—but it's not likely to include the assault-weapon ban President Obama has urged, a Harry Reid aide tells the Wall Street Journal. Outside of that, however, it would cover most of the measures the president has supported, including a limit on ammunition magazine capacity; gun-show and private-transaction background checks; a crackdown on sales to people with mental illnesses; and measures restricting sales to out-of-state consumers seeking to take advantage of weaker gun laws.

As for the assault weapon ban, Democrats fear it may be biting off more than they can chew. But once the bill reaches the floor, amendments could add bans on some semiautomatic weapons, the Journal notes.

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Feb 5, 2013 12:24 PM CST purchases 7000 Full-auto assault rifles.
Feb 5, 2013 5:19 AM CST
Makes sense, as only a tiny fraction of deaths each year are attributable to "assault weapons"... More folks get killed by knife or club than by gun even. Google it. It's your friend. Don't be scared like they want you to be.
Feb 5, 2013 2:54 AM CST
Eavesdropping on the Dem Senate "strategy session" I heard: "If I bend over" " Further" "Spread your legs" "But you're still on your feet" "OK, if I lie down and spread . . "