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Harry Reid shoots down Feinstein gun-ban bill

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein emerged from a closed-door meeting with Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday — but her ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines didn't.

Mr. Reid turned down her attempt to bring her ban on 157 different weapons and ammunition clips aboard the Democratic Party's comprehensive gun bill, Politico reported.

"My understanding is it will not be [part of the base bill]," said Mrs. Feinstein, California Democrat. "I would like to [see it moved], but the leader has decided not to do it. … You will have to ask him [why]."

Her bill instead will have to go forth separately or as an amendment — and that means it's probably not going anywhere.

Conservative blog Hot Air characterizes its chances for passage by itself as near zero and counts supporters at about 35.

Mr. Reid's decision was likely aimed at bolstering the party's chances to pass some gun control, even if it's not as restrictive as many on the left would like. As Hot Air noted, Mr. Reid can now play the two bills off each other and make the case that he kept out Mrs. Feinstein's more controversial version.

Mr. Reid is also likely looking at the 2014 elections, when several Democratic Senate seats are open for contest in conservative states, analysts say.

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