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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 10, 2013 1:28 AM Flag

    Sen. Feinstein optimistic on new assault weapons ban: ‘I will have a vote’ VIDEO

    Sen. Feinstein optimistic on new assault weapons ban: ‘I will have a vote’ VIDEO

    Sarah Muller
    11:17 PM on 04/09/2013
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    California's Senior Sen. Dianne Feinstein got it done before. But will she be able to get an assault weapons ban passed again? Sen. Feinstein tells MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell why she believes it's important to pass a new ban.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for the first big vote on gun control legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Nevada Democrat filed cloture on gun control legislation to bring the debate to the Senate floor on Thursday.

    At least 14 Republican senators have threatened to filibuster the legislation, which could put the brakes on advancing new gun control laws. That number includes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who in an unprecedented move, announced he would join in–something party leaders very rarely do.

    Reid plans to push ahead despite procedural roadblocks courtesy of the GOP, issuing an “alert” to fellow lawmakers. “If they don’t help me invoke cloture on this bill, we’re going to vote on these things anyway. It might take a little time,” said Reid. “As I’ve said for months now, the American people deserve a vote: on background checks, on federal trafficking, on safety in schools, on the size of clips and yes, assault weapons.”

    The Obama administration continues to fight to gain bipartisan support for new gun measures to expand background checks for people buying guns and ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is leading the charge to revive a ban on military-style assault weapons, told MSNBC that she plans to offer assault weapons bill as an amendment and remains optimistic.

    “I have a commitment from the majority leader that I will have a vote and I take him at his word,” Sen. Dianne ...


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