March 19th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Feinstein on assault weapons ban: 'I’m not going to lay down and play dead'

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday she’s not going to stop fighting to get a vote on her proposed ban on semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons, hours after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the measure has no chance of passing the chamber.

“This is very important to me. And I’m not going to lay down and play dead,” Feinstein, D-California, said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

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Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters he won't keep the proposed ban in gun legislation heading to the full Senate for consideration because including it would guarantee the measure would be blocked by a Republican filibuster.

But he said he wants to ensure a vote on the ban will still take place.

The ban has been fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association, Republicans and some Democrats would get fewer than 40 votes, Reid said, far below the threshold needed to defeat a filibuster or pass the Senate.

Instead, Feinstein could propose the ban as an amendment to the gun legislation on the Senate floor in order to get a vote on it, Reid said.

Reid's move doesn't come as a surprise as he has signaled for weeks he would only allow a vote on an assault weapons amendment.

"I have to get something on the floor," Reid said.

Feinstein said she was "disappointed" with Reid's decision not to include it in a package, which he told her about in a private meeting on Monday.

“Senator Reid told me is that I would have an opportunity for a vote. I take him at his word,” she said.

“Not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust, as I would see it,” she later added.

Reid said he would schedule floor debate shortly after the Senate returns from its upcoming recess in April.

- CNN's Ted Barrett, Tom Cohen and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It should come up for a vote. I don't see why we can't get senators on the record supporting it or not.

    March 19, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. Monty Python

    So we can't ban assault rifles? Why is this so difficult? Because of that coward Lapierre and NRA goons?

    March 19, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. are122

    I donno. I think you kinda look dead so maybe you should play dead. Learn from Einstein (if you can), doing the same thing and expecting different results is insanity. Wake up woman. Take some cooking classes or something.

    March 19, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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