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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  1. BobPitt

    Who will run against harry next time? please let me know I will send my contribution cheque...

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

    What an awful shame that our Senators put a bigger effort to Please the NRA than to save the lives of our American people. Election day is coming, and I wish you goodbye.

    April 18, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. MC

    Harry Reid knew it all along! He pretended to go along with the bill, did not push it to his compadres, and then when it failed as he had expected, he is VERY quick to "shelve" it! Great sympathizer of the Newtown families, he has turned out to be!

    April 18, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. ?

    next week, or the week after of the week after that, it will happen again, somewhere, someplace sometime – I sit with a kid in one of my classes, he is full of hate, always yelling at people, talking about king Obama taking away our rights and forming a dictatorship, wears his trench coat to class every day, talks trash to the professor, his face more often than not has an angry expression on it and he has failed his last two exams, I think he is the type who's life leads him to bring carnage and tragedy into other's, others poke fun at him thinking it is funny, I sit next to him and encourage him, reminding him that his graduation is three weeks away (hopefully) and how good his life will be, he talks about drinking booze and getting into with this one and that one, I try to tell him to find positive activities that don't involve depressants, I even ask him if he wants to hang out, and lastly the young man is obviously disturbed but where I see a failure on Americas part is that we all see it and the young man has told me and others in the room about the different guns he has to include his mini m16 pistol size rifle that he can fit in his backpack – others see him as an outcast, girls won't talk to him and we watch but do nothing to help – how can we allow people like him to have guns – that is were the failure lies

    April 18, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Jmaes

    I see the libbys heads are exploding about their assault on civil rights failing

    April 18, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Tommy

    I own several assault weapons, but really people what will they do against the government if they attack us? They won't penetrate tanks, take out jets or stop missiles. So if our government turns on us and decides to attack; they will drone, bomb, hit us with jets missiles, small nukes, tank attacks and we will do what? We will lose, that's what.

    We have no well regulated militia's in our states, the 2nd amendment was written during a time when the single shot musket ruled the land and a new government was just enabled. This is not something that you can lean on to protect yourself from a government take over. Their weapons are far more advanced than ours are. There is no comparison, it would be over in a matter of days. You talk tough now but would cower and surrender immediately.

    The NRA, which I was a member, did nothing for me when I went through my divorce and custody battle and was order to surrender my weapons for no cause. I called them and asked for their help since I was a 15 year paying member and they told me they were more geared towards legislation not member help. AKA: we work for the gun manufactures and take you money stupid. Thank you for supporting us but we could care less about your rights as a gun owner as long as our real clients, the gun manufacturers, continue to make profits and fill our pockets on the down low. I cancelled my membership immediately and NEVER looked back!

    Some of you are still ignorant to this idea that America is the home of the free and the land of the brave, well you haven't been free since the pigs came walking out of the house on their two hind legs.

    April 18, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Bill

    So basically they are going to set the anti liberty and anti freedom laws aside until they can facilitate another crisis in order to falsly sway public opinion......or they need some time to buy off some more senators.....

    April 18, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. rsimcox

    cool. With the unsure provision that the Feds could keep the background info forever, as opposed to instantly destroying all of it as it is now, this had to be defeated. Get rid of that clause and maybe we can look at it again.

    April 18, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. wm Scot

    Absolute idiots ! They do not care about the will of the people just their own pocket books ! ried and the rest are afraid they will not get reelected to they can die in office. Well they need to be voted out with some folks with guts !

    April 18, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. The Truth Hurts

    I do have to laugh at the folks on this thread who say "Yeah, we'll get it done in 2014!" The reality is that if America was truly "86%" behind increasing GC, the clowns in the Senate cold have passed it with a voice vote. They may be twits, but they are not deaf, and they KNEW they'd get voted out if they passed that thing. Elect new Seneators in 2014? Fine. Same constituency. Same result.

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

    Smart move. Only 4% of America thinks this issue is important. Now Obummer and the dems can get back to vacationing and doing nothing about the economy, jobs, debt.....

    April 18, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. nothing new here

    People are just not, not trusting of government at this time.
    There is too much government when it comes to too many things. But these politicians, from BOTH parties, have grown government to epic proportions. We have enough government concerning the war of drugs and the war on American civil liberties. These politicians need to take into consideration the following – if they want to have tighter gun laws, then they need to limit government in other areas. I have NO problem with expanding backgrounds checks, provided that BIG government is limited in other areas, especially when it comes to personal freedoms.

    April 18, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. crabman

    he'll try again hope everyone is watching so this don't happen-–now ya know where i stand

    April 18, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Pandamonius

    @Ron Jeremy's stunt double

    Has anyone asked Harry why he voted against the bill?
    ========================================================

    It's been in every article detailing the vote. When he saw that it wasn't going to pass, he voted against it which gives him the power to bring it out again at a future date, instead of having to toss it away completely.

    April 18, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. JMorcan

    This has been a rare defeat of tyranny. Sometimes democracy wins.

    April 18, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    When did we need 60 votes to pass everything in the Senate? 51 is a majority! The rules of the Senate need to be changed immediately!

    April 18, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Ben

    what a bunch of cowards. the government and our elected leaders do not speak for the people...they speak for themselves and the gun lobbyists that line their pockets. what a bunch of spineless SOBs. I will be voting for someone else come November

    April 18, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Mark G.

    They should not have included the "assault" weapons ban. Just the background checks should have been the only thing voted on. It likley would have passed that way.
    They wanted it all and so lost it all. Try again with just the background checks.

    April 18, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Dale

    Reid has screwed up big time, lot of people are not going to vote for him, because of this BS he keeps pulling

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

    Still trying to find ANYONE that was part of the 90% poll that is a registered Republican....... Hmmmmm.

    April 18, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Mike Dodd

    For all you upset that he is not pushing for this, and saying they will have blood on their hands...nothing in the bill would have stop a kid like Adam Lanza from getting his mom's gun and killing people. I'm fine with a background check, but not one for every gun purchase. That allows for a gun registry. I know this bill specifically blocks that, but that's is just another bill down the road, once the pieces are in place to gather information. If you allow for a firearms card, that you renew annually that says you can own a gun, fine, but not with every gun purchase. That's what gun owners fear.

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

    As a Nevada native, I call tell you that we (Nevadans)HATE Harry Reid. The only reason he won the last election, was because his opponent was a psychopath. She was just way to extreme. I call tell you for certainty that he will not be in office after the next election. He had to fight for his life last time, and barely made it. We will not let that happen again, I assure you.

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

    The President said "they deserve a vote." He was, and remains, right. We deserve a vote. Not having a vote lets the idiots off the hook. Put them on the record. Make them show us where they stand. Don't let them win be default. We all want to know who won't perform their job...and who doesn't give a darn about the American People.

    April 18, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. bible thumper

    Look up the FBI stats. since 1998, when instant back ground checks began, over 98.7% of people who went through a background check passed. Criminasl do not use back ground checks. Trying to get mental health information included is very tough to do. Getting states to share the information, would take a lot of legal hurdles. Doctors prescribe anti depressent medication for just about everything. Taking this medication doesn't mean you are not competent to purchase a firearm.

    THis bill was all smoke and mirrors. Criminals will still get guns from other people who buy gun for them, which is illegal. Quit crying over this.

    April 18, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Scrappyike

    Let's not forget people.....The senate is run by Democrats. The Republicans are the minority

    April 18, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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