Reid to shelve gun bill
April 18th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
1 year 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. The Dude

    You're welcome, America.

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

    Since 9/11 there has been about 4000 lives lost to terrorism, YET there has been close to 1 MILLION lives lost to guns since 9/11...

    What is the REAL means of TERRORISM?

    April 18, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. 2nd amendment believer

    The defeat of the communists/progressives is so sweet!!!

    April 18, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Abbey

    Plenty of work to be done on current laws and the backlog of felons waiting to be arrested for illegal possession. Yet it seems the current Senate leadership feels it must only act when a national tragedy has taken place. How morbid is this way of thinking.

    April 18, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Marcus Takatoa

    Good thing the gun bill wouldn't actually have made any of us more safe.

    April 18, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Jake

    ashamed to be an American after that vote

    April 18, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Dave

    Thanks for your weak-handed leadership, Harry. You could have done something about the Republican abuse of the filibuster rule, but you chose not to. Now you can't get important bills through the Senate? Surprise surprise!

    April 18, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. SpencerRifle

    Good. Now that the gunshow distraction is over get back to work on the economy, unemployment, the national debt, immigration, & the dealing with the ambitions of Iran & North Korea.

    April 18, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. ladeeda

    Give em' heck Harry!

    April 18, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Victor

    That's Harry for you. When the going gets tough, the tough go hide in the corner. Spineless. Can't believe I actually voted for this guy twice.

    April 18, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Orville

    I am very disappointed in the outcome of the gun bill...I am also very disappointed with those senators who voted "no." It seems that many of them changed their vote having only their reelection in mind and in fact voted against their convictions....such cowardice is appalling!

    April 18, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Reality now

    This bill will never see the light of day again.A major victory for the second amendment.

    April 18, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. bobo

    Tough Gun laws will not stop Psychos from shooting people.

    April 18, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Weston

    Ive yet to hear a good reason why anyone (other than law enforcement) need a gun. Not one.

    Constitution? Thats comical.

    April 18, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. RINO Bill

    Shelve it? If Reid had any sense whatsoever he would have shoved that stupid bill and most of those crappy amendments right in the garbage where they belong.

    Maybe there are a few Democrats who are smart enough to put a package together that does not infringe on my 2nd Amendment rights and would actually make us safer. Losers like Durbin, Schumer and Feinstein do not qualify. Also it would be a good idea to keep those two whiners Obama and Biden out of the picture too.

    April 18, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Farrok

    Good, the American People do not want these laws anyway. It's just the Eastren Blue Blood that are trying to shove these laws down the rank and file American's throat. The Americans who live in the faming and ranch lands of America are fed up iwth Washington fornicating upon them.........................

    April 18, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. nairat rebilivic

    So I thought the purpose of voting was to see democracy in action, getting the results of the yays and nays and counting them. Nope, turns out Democracy is just a ruse. No liberal really believes in it. They only want to have a vote WHEN they know they have the votes to win. So while this is not the first time, Democracy is the latest victim of assisted suicide. Withholding vital votes to keep it alive, choking on the last gasps of air. All that's left now, is to remove the feeding tube and turn off the machines.

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

    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 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    this is a tip for harry – - "shelve it" til manchin gets some experience – and gets to know some of the other senators, and become really good friends with them. One of the ways to win people "over" to your side, or your opinions, or your way of thinking is to become best friends with the people that you have to work with. In other words, it helps to "build bridges" with people you work with.

    April 18, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. mg

    Take that Feinstein!

    April 18, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. mb2010a

    It would never have passed the Republican controlled House anyway...maybe they can try again after the stomping the Republicans are going to receive in 2014.

    April 18, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. ratickle

    The will of the people succeeded once again.

    April 18, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Bob

    Win One for the US Constitution!! Liberals do not run this country and that is pretty clear now.

    April 18, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Brian in Orlando

    What kind of insane asylum are they running in the U.S. Senate. Is there any other democracy in the world where the minority can prevent the passage of legislation favored by the majority? If the Senate is going to maintain the concept of the fillibuster then they need to go back to the old days where senators had to actually stand on the floor of the chamber and speak like Rand Paul did a short time ago. It is is nuts to allow someone to say they are fillibustering a bill when they are not even on the floor.

    April 18, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Roger

    I'm really glad to hear this.. With all the talk about "gun control" I never, one time heard a politician (left-leaning) say anything about what they were going to do to criminals who do evil things. The only thing they talked about was how bad firearms are. Maybe we should all remember that the tool is not to blame, the person who used the tool is to blame. Yes guns can be dangerous, but only in the hands of people who don't know how to handle them and those that are evil.

    April 18, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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