Feinstein’s AWB bill (S. 150) narrowly passed out of the Judiciary Committee with the vote strictly along party lines. As such, no one was left in any doubt as to the difficulty of passing on the Senate floor. It turns out that now S. 150 will not even be part of the gun control package Democrats plan to introduce for a vote in April.
Senator Harry Reid [D-NV] told Feinstein on Monday that S 150 can be offered as an amendment.
But it’s exclusion from the package makes what was already a hard uphill battle into an almost certain defeat.
Senate Republicans are reluctant to lend support for any anti gun bills except possibly the bill to increase penalties for gun traffickers. It is also widely expected that Republicans would filibuster any bill that lacks bipartisan support.
S.54, Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 (Leahy)
S.146, School Safety Enhancements Act of 2013 (Boxer)
Both of these bills appear to have bipartisan support and as such, at least that part of the package has the possibility of passing on the senate floor.
The Seattle Gun Rights Examiner has also had something to say on this
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