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Harry Reid says he’ll ensure an assault weapon ban receives votes

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Harry Reid says he’ll ensure an assault weapon ban receives votes

I will ensure that a ban on assault weapons, limits to high-capacity magazines, and mental health provisions receive votes.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) March 21, 2013

Enough votes to pass? Not likely. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tweeted this afternoon that a ban on assault weapons will receive votes on the Senate floor.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein emerged from a meeting with Reid Monday with news that her proposed ban of 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines would not be part of a Democratic gun control bill to be offered on the Senate floor. That inspired Michael Moore to appear on “Piers Morgan Tonight” and demand that viewers flood “weenie” Reid with emails and tweets. So, did it work? Is this a reversal of his earlier position?

.@senatorreid reversal RT @samsteinhp: Read Here: Reid will put background checks in the gun bill huff.to/11lR4V9 #lvrj #nvleg

— laura myers (@lmyerslvrj) March 21, 2013

Not quite, it seems. Feinstein’s ban will not be part of the bill after all.

CORRECTS: no reversal re @senatorreid will put BG checks in gun bill. I mixed up w/ assault weapons ban huff.to/11lR4V9 #lvrj #nvleg

— laura myers (@lmyerslvrj) March 21, 2013

.@senatorreid says all pieces of the gun legislation get floor votes. Background checks, school safety and gun trafficking in base bill.

— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) March 21, 2013

Reid’s two tweets aren’t necessarily connected. While Reid has confirmed in a statement that he’ll include a requirement for expanded background checks in the Democrat’s gun control package, the other measures won’t be part of tonight’s bill. Rather, they’ll have to be introduced as amendments. Reid’s statement explains, in part:

“The bill I advance tonight will serve as the basis for opening debate. Once debate begins, I will ensure that a ban on assault weapons, limits to high-capacity magazines, and mental health provisions receive votes, along with other amendments. In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for all of these provisions to receive votes, and I will ensure that they do.”

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), for example, has promised that he’ll add his proposed 10-round magazine limit as an amendment.

Has Reid’s second tweet put him back in the good graces of gun control advocates?

After his BS on the gun bill and spinelessness in general, @senatorreiddisgusts me as much as any Republican. #gop #dems #guns

— David R.W. Dobel (@DavidDobel) March 21, 2013

@senatorreid The cowardice of you and your colleagues is shocking. As a Canadian I view the US as an embarrassment in the world community

— David Sanderson (@dsattheshore) March 21, 2013

@senatorreid Yeah, but it won’t have the assault weapon ban you gutlessly didn’t fight for. #Loser #NRALackey

— Jim White (@JimWhiteGNV) March 21, 2013

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Update: NBC’s Chuck Todd notes that Reid’s aides are working to clarify where the assault weapon ban stands.

Harry Reid aides are letting reporters know he will push for a vote on an assault weapons ban once debate on other gun bill begins.

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 21, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/21/harry-reid-says-hell-ensure-an-assault-weapon-ban-receives-votes/

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