Reid to shelve gun bill
April 18th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
9 years 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. dfobare

    Harry has done well to shut this extremist exercise down.

    April 18, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Chris

    @Editor, had you all talked like this before there would not have been as much chaos over the term "assault rifle." I along with many others have been trying to say this statement you finally made for months now: "ban some semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons." How hard was that to categorize them with an appropriate definition?

    @Tommy, Idk but seems to have worked for 12 years in the middle east, as we have not won anything yet. I don't like to analyze that ever happening, but as an ex supply SGT we had a saying that came from an old Nazi general who got his butt kicked by the Russians, "amatuers talk tactics, professionals talk logistics." So what I mean is, that it wouldn't be so much how we shoot a tank as much as it would be how we cut off the fuel and ammo to all tanks, and with no front line per say, that would not be too hard as it would be chaos. But overall I agree with you, just wanted to provide a what if scenario I guess.

    April 18, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. truth be told

    harry reid is owned by the nra. he knew this didn't have the votes and he knew the democrats would lose control of the senate in 2014 if it passed. harry reid is more interested in keeping his leadership job. he will never bring this up again, especially before the 2014 election. just more smoke and mirrors from the democrats. and what a show it is.

    April 18, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. common sense

    I am a normal middle class gun owner. The govt needs to leave the constitution alone. I don't support the false president or the NRA. The elected officials , most of them anyway, voted the will of the people. I can say for sure that most Americans are against these useless laws. The tragedies are heartbreaking but let's find a real fix, not gun control. It just won't work.

    April 18, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Karen Parker

    Harry Reid voted against the bill for procedural reasons. Only somebody who votes against a bill is able to bring it back up for further consideration.

    April 18, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. just askin

    so if all the democrats voted for this bill then it would have passed. but they didn't, many from red states voted against it. so the democrats killed this more than anybody else. it was within their power, yet they blame others. nothing new there right?

    April 18, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    The country is going to hell in a handbasket. Out politicians are brought and paid for by the NRA.

    April 18, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Guest

    Great news for Americans, bad news (even with the illiterate spelling: Newz) for liberals! Leave our rights alone.

    April 18, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Junior

    Yep, he's waiting. Waiting until after the mid-term elections when the House gets cleaned out and some GOP Senators move toward the middle to get ready for 2016. Then we'll see it come up again. People are crazy if they think this is dead.

    April 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Lauradet

    Well at least something was proposed, now we know which side presents the biggest barrier, and we know who to eliminate the next voting round.

    April 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. DB

    Hey Harry, why don't you finally start acting like a man and reform the filibuster rules, you wimp?

    April 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Yoda

    So 2 bombs go off in Boston killing 3 and injuring over 150 people. Guess we need to ban pressure cookers, ball bearings, and nails. Crazy is as crazy does and banning guns wont make any of us any safer. Let's close borders and make law breakers accountable. I would feel much safer then.

    April 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Paul

    Libby's aren't done yet. The Conservs are in for a surprise in 2014

    April 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. teomakzia

    Just slip it in anonymously in the last minute like all the republicans do in legislation for when they actually pass a bill that everyone wants to pass.

    April 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. SixDegrees

    "If I can't get every exact thing that I want, I'm not gonna play, and I'm taking my ball and going home so no one else can play, neither!"

    Harry Reid, explaining his concept of how compromise should work.

    April 18, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Al

    I as a tax payer DO NOT support this bill. The people have spoken, but with the likes of Harry and Barack they will continue to push to take away from good people yet again. They should come back with this bill when they pass a bill that would put known criminals that use guns in their crimes away for FOREVER, until then please shred the bill. For it's not the good people that will commit crimes, and metal cases well that is another law that would require doctors to tell on the people that pay the bill. Oh wait that's what the ACA has in it already, you don't have privacy.

    April 18, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Vijay

    How did this mealy mouth, incompetent man every get to the position of senate leader? Get out Reid, you done us enough damage already. Go back to some isolated patch of your land and practice your gunmanship. Disgusting.

    April 18, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Fubarack

    Let me translate,..Reid knows mid terms are coming, and we want this to go away, before we have a repeat of the last time we brought up gun control, and were all voted out.

    April 18, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. motorfirebox

    "Why doesn't everyone on the other side understand that the deaths of a few shouldn't take away the freedoms of many?"
    Why can't you understand that expanded background checks don't take away anyone's freedom?

    April 18, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Peoples State of Illinois


    Perhaps the American people who support stricter background checks need to make these senators afraid that they won't be voted back in office if they don't listen to the 90 percent who want the stricter background check....
    Where does that "90%" come from? I have been unable to find any poll that gives that number. Especially when the question includes the gun registration requirements the dems want in the legislation.

    April 18, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. nairat rebilivic

    I thought I saw some post here about 4000 us soldiers dead vs the thousands of gun deaths since 9/11.

    Wow. I am pretty sure the hundreds of thousands of civilians OVER THERE who died at the hands of US government guns, US government bombs, US government drones, US government missiles, US government knives, US government hands, US government feet, US government "pressure cookers" along with the half million dead children that maddy albright said was "worth it"


    If they could, but no, they can't.

    DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS pass the NDAA every year.

    It is not guns in the hands of the free people we need to fear, it is guns in the hands of THE STATE that we must fear and overcome. Those are the idiots with too much time on their hands and a whole world to kill and incinerate for OIL or whatever they want.

    What price Liberty? Is the price of 1 civil liberty = 1 dead 8 year old? At this rate, the government can blow up a classroom and we will lose all our rights. I guess back when McVeigh was blamed, it took more kids per civil liberty. It's much cheaper today.

    If I was a family member or friend of any of the victims, I would be absolutely enraged at the government for packing nails in bombs and causing amputations and death for the sake of anti-liberty legislation or warmongering or for the sake of the TSA or WAR Machine budget.

    Go after the criminals, not the freedoms!

    When the government sticks its omnidirectional finger pointing in all directions away from itself, you know it alone, is responsible.

    We know it is a false flag operation. We see the pictures. The government has been caught red-handed.

    April 18, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. rh

    Wait till something happens to one of theirs. If a bill can stop just ONE of these attacks it has done it's job.
    I guess one life saved doesn't mean anything to these guys that are at the mercy ($) of the NRA and the so
    called gun activists that give them all of their champaigne money. So sad that we live in this world that we can
    just shrug off the news and go about our day. Well they are politicians after all. I just don't get the attack against
    a background check. Some companies even make you take a physical before hiring you...should that be against
    the law? Strange mentality of these folks..very strange.

    April 18, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. theMan

    Nelson Colorado Springs Co you are a fool.. glad to know you are in the Springs.

    April 18, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Joe

    So many posters saying, "When it happens again, they will have blood on their hands". It sounds like they WANT another tragedy. Expanding background checks won't do anything to prevent criminals from getting guns. Newsflash, they get guns, drugs, etc. illegally already. If the president were serious about stopping criminals, his justice department would have prosecuted more people caught lying on background checks for firearm purchases. In 2010 there were only 44 prosecuted out of the more than 76,000 instances. Start there.

    April 18, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. barbpinebush

    It's really time for Reid to go - he's useless - it's long overdue.

    April 18, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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