Reid to shelve gun bill
April 18th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
12 months ago

Reid to shelve gun bill

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he'll set aside proposed gun legislation without a final vote following the defeat a day earlier of major provisions sought by President Barack Obama and Democrats in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.

"(Obama) and I agreed that the best way to keep working towards passing a background check bill is to hit pause, and freeze the background check bill where it is," he said on the Senate floor. "This will allow senators to keep negotiating."

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said Reid can bring up the package of gun proposals again if circumstances change and he believes he has the votes for key provisions to pass, particularly a measure to expand background checks on gun buyers.

"We're gonna have time to work on what people want to do before we come back to this," Reid said, adding that this option allows them to return to the bill without returning to square one. "It will only be a matter of time."

"The stand of the Republicans is not sustainable," he said. "The question is how long they're going to stand firm–but it's not sustainable."

In a major defeat for supporters of tougher gun laws, the Senate on Wednesday defeated a compromise plan to expand background checks on firearms sales as well as a proposal to ban some semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons.


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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. California

    Reid is clearly the worst part of congress.

    April 18, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Andrew

    They are all cowards.
    The reason the Dems continue to fail even as a majority is because they have a weak leader like Harry Reid.
    Plain and simple.

    April 18, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Go ahead and put it on the shelf. Come November 2014, we'll elect members to Congress who will take it off of the shelf and do what you idiots were failed to do yesterday: Pass It! Going against the will of the people is not wise and a lot of you will learn that lesson next year.

    April 18, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Once again a powerful lobby has manipulated our spineless politicians – mostly Republicans. Every poll showed Americans in strong support of the bill and the gutless weasels in the Senate worry about their N.R.A. Report Card. Today was a win for those who plan to buy weapons knowing they could never pass a background check. When will and where the next slaughter occur?

    April 18, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. LifeLibertyHappiness

    Middle School civics question: Every person is endowed by his Creator the right to what?

    1. Life – the right to live, preferably w/o fear of being denied said life.
    2. Liberty – second only to Life. One's rights, as written by America's founders, are hereby secondary to the right to live, most importantly w/o fear of being bullied or threatened.
    3. The Pursuit of Happiness. For the uneducated, this was changed from Property for ethical reasons. Americans will only know happiness in a peace-loving union where one's right to live isn't threatened by those who place Liberty above all else.

    Now, some would argue that these are only guidelines and not Law. Surprisingly, both the guidelines and the Law by which America was built were designed to be amended as our Democratic society evolves.

    If your Representative cannot assure that you or your loved-ones will not be denied the right to life by the actions of another, then it is your civic duty to do everything in your power to see him/her replaced with one who can offer that assurance.

    April 18, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. much thunder..little rain

    america does not trust the senate on ,guns, marriage , or anything else...the evolving senators after elections makes me admire the true liberal like senator boxer at lease she is true to her word..not evolving... reid had weak support and now quits....and selves gun control till after the next election..waiting for more evolving senators

    April 18, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Gem

    It's a shame that we have a bunch of politicians looking out for their "job security" or catering to special interest groups. It is clear there is a need for some refinements - and background checks wouldn't have been painful for law abiding citizens...

    April 18, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Dean

    We have the votes to strike this do, do not let him shelve it. We need to strike it down now while we have he chance.

    April 18, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. stoogenki

    smart for him to do that...especially after the Boston bombing for which I think this crime just might have happened....to get Senators to think about folks being armed in instances where terrorism might be happening. Finally Reid did something right. There are things more important than guns going on in this country...We need to prosecute violent criminals with violent results...those laws need to be ENFORCED before we worry about decent people with guns!

    April 18, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Dean

    Meant down not do

    April 18, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Daniel

    I hope that by the time my son is old enough to change the world around him, he has someone with integrity and strength to look up to. I have no one.

    April 18, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Libera-hater

    Harry Reid, please retire soon, you are a liability to the United States.

    April 18, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. GaryS

    Harry if you really want to have an effect on gun violence please fix the broken NICS reporting system.
    It's already in place just fix it.

    April 18, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Gem

    btw, when another shooting occurs - it'll be interesting to see how people respond.....

    April 18, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Concerned Citizen

    We need to organize and VOTE them out of office!

    April 18, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. oi vay

    Will somebody please tell Harry Reid to put his teeth in before getting in front of the cameras?!!!

    April 18, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Shame on you, GOP. Innocent blood is now and will forever be on you worthless hands.

    April 18, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Ron Jeremy's stunt double

    Has anyone asked Harry why he voted against the bill?

    April 18, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. William

    Time to vote them out come November please don't forget what they just did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Rod C. Venger

    If the GOP had any common sense, if they truly wished to uphold the constitution as they all took an oath to do, they would seize on this moment, and this momentum, and undo the wrongs currently being perpetrated against every gun owner in the US as well as future users. There's not one single law, not one single act of Congress...Gun Control Act, Lautenberg Amendment, National Firearms Act, etc...that conform to the Second Amendment. Not one is valid under the Constitution.

    April 18, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. vlantukh

    My day just got better!

    April 18, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Kzooresident

    They had an agreement on background checks and chose to throw it out the window by inserting amendments they knew would scuttle the bill.
    What it shows is that this isn't about gun control, it's about fabrication of situations to be used for political gain in the next midterms. They don't care about gun control anywhere near as much as they want another faux issue to blame on Republicans.
    As despicable as this is, nobody can argue with it's effectiveness on Mr. Reid's base of non-thinking voters.

    April 18, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Mike

    Hate to tell ya Harry but you've already told your state you're a "Yes" man to President Props and you'll be in deep trouble with your state gun owners. You're what we call a sheep in wolves clothing and we wont forget at election time.

    April 18, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. chill

    No point kicking a dead horse. The original bill wouldn't pass if the compromise didn't. Until more gun owners who support keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill stand up to the gun lobbyist and quit the NRA, our chicken politicians will not find the "courage". We need to toss a few of these guys.

    April 18, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Mike

    can we put it to a VOTE – BY INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS of the United States? Lobbyists can't reach all of them.

    April 18, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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