Assault Weapons Ban Doomed
Feinstein's measure won't be included in legislation before Senate
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 1:26 PM CDT
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24. Her bid to ban assault weapons is doomed.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Harry Reid has delivered the expected death blow to a ban on assault weapons, telling Dianne Feinstein that her proposal won't be included in the final package that goes up for a Senate vote. Feinstein will offer it as an amendment instead, but it stands no chance of getting the required number of votes, reports AP. Feinstein says she is "disappointed," reports NBC News, though Reid's move is not a surprise.