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

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?

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

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?

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

  • Rich

    So now he will get the votes he needs by handing out money to pet projects.

    • catb55

      More reason to support sequestration .. and MORE CUTS .. stop giving them money to buy votes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

    Doesn’t matter. all of these bills are DOA in the House.

    • Kevin

      I wish I shared your confidence

      • SpinMeNot

        It is up to all of us to make sure they are DOA in the house. Time to start making calls; don’t call just once, keep calling.

    • OneThinDime

      I don’t share your confidence. Boehner promised to shove through whatever Obama wants including amnesty and gun control.

      • Rick

        Boehner is slowly becoming another of obama’s puppets.

        • Worship Dancer

          what do you mean BECOMING?? pfft he already IS one of obama’s behind the lap lapdogs licking THAT part of the anatomy.

    • crusader

      it wont even get out of the senate
      but just in case get your guns and well have a revolution

  • Kim

    “I will ensure that a ban on [blank] receives votes” = worry not, useful idiots, we’ll lie and bribe to get what we want one way or another.

  • Love of Country

    This wouldn’t bother me as much if I knew they would stop gun grabbing after any successful attempts to ban assault rifles …. but that’s only the beginning.

    • bossmanham

      They’ve been trying for 100 years. They’ll never stop.

  • https://twitter.com/Webnetcity webnetcity

    Look Harry…

    You and your godless liberal cohorts can write all the legislation you want…
    It’s still up to WE THE PEOPLE who decide what we will and will not tolerate.

    You work for us…don’t forget that…

    We are law abiding citizens and we will continue to fight you
    by using every peaceful and legal means necessary and available…

    But you seem to think this past election was a mandate to push thru every liberal
    fantasy you’ve ever had…well I got news for you Reid…

    Ain’t gonna happen…

    You Libs are going to over reach…

    If you wish to know when you’ve gone too far…
    If you really want to know when you’ve crossed that imaginary line in the sand…

    here’s a hint…

    you’re getting warm

    an American citizen

    • Calcat36

      That webnetcity, is why they want to disarm us. Yet we play nice instead of playing like a Patriot from the founding. These politicians don’t want to represent and lead. They want to dictate so you will follow or disappear.

      “Consent of the governed…” I no longer consent to be governed by anti-Constitutional anti-American politicians.

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Mr. Numb Nuts Reid:

    You still do NOT have the votes!

    And you never will!!!

  • Guest

    A nastygram to Comrade Reid from the emperor left no doubt,
    dissent will not be tolerated.
    Obama’s gargantuan ego and childlike mental process,
    have eclipsed the consequences of Senate Socialists losing their seats in 2014.

  • MrApple

    Which side is this flip-flopper on?

  • RedSoloCup

    A ban on Harry Reid sounds better!

    • Worship Dancer

      can we also ban piglosi & feinstein?

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

    Ha Ha David Sanderson. We don’t give a rat’s ass. Don’t worry though little man, once the US has been eliminated you can deal with China, Russia, and the Middle East all by your lonesome.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Memo to Rand Paul-slip in an amendment so Dingy Harry HAS to pass a budget!

  • OneThinDime

    Hey Ted Cruz, re-introduce your amendment to defund ObamaCare but this time make it a full repeal!

  • Stan

    The almighty Senator has spoken. He has total control in the Senate. He has total control of any thing voted on in the Senate. Therefore nothing has came from the Senate in over 4 years. He cannot vote for gun control without backlash from home. Democrats in the Senate will not vote for it, makes him safe.

  • Red Fred

    How about after you pass a budget. You remember what a budget is right? The rest of live within our means. Stop using Obama as an excuse, it’s well within your capacity to pass a budget without him. Get to work. All of you aimless, irresponsible people living on our backs. 2A is non-negotiable.

  • $45875941

    Unbelievable. To think that these liberals actually believe that passing any of these, lack of common sense, bills will stop any of these lunatic, psychotic killers from doing what they want, with whatever gun they want, really shows the liberals lack of ability to think rationally. Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Socal71

    It only goes to show that people in Nevada are some of the dumbest in the world. Not all of them mind you, just the ones that continually send Dirty Harry back to the Senate. Only in America would a Senator from a State that encourages gambling and prostitution be the Senate Majority Leader. God Bless America!

  • Calcat36

    Question for Harry “the gunslinger” Reid… Will this legislation apply to illegal aliens with illegal weapons, who do not comply with the rule of law and/or background checks? Where is the legislation to get illegal alien drivers off of our roads who drive DRUNK, without a license, without registration, without insurance, and without tags? Why is there no such urgency to save one American life from a deadly DUI illegal? Because the liberal democrat socialist political class fears an armed populace, that is why.

    Stand up America, to all enemies, foreign and democrat domestic terrorists.