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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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Bryan

    America is a weak country full of selfish people.

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

    Why doesn't everyone on the other side understand that the deaths of a few shouldn't take away the freedoms of many?
    Why don't you understand that a simple background check doesn't take away anyone's freedom- if they are law-abiding?

    Don't woory though, there will be another massacre, and we're well on our way to seeing 12-13,000 Americans die needlessly this year. No, be sure, this issue isn't dead.

    April 18, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Dennis Michaels

    There are two things politicians understand – MONEY and VOTES. We the majority, who are seeking to simply stop the slaughter of innocents, must now pool our resources and focus on ALL elections starting this year with any local / state races and going all the way through to the national races of 2014. A true "ground swell" of change. Start thinking about PAC's. Whether they are small or large, they can strike fear in the many cold hearts in Washington, our state capitals, cities and towns. If we truly believe in the cause, we must be ready to dedicate the time and effort needed. It can be done!

    April 18, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Randy W

    Nobody is taking away your guns, people!! How do background checks infringe on your 2nd amendment rights? They don't! Unless you listen to your gods at the NRA then it's all a freaking conspiracy.

    April 18, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. It's Me

    If you want stricter gun laws then CT, CO, IL and NY is where to go. Leave the rest of us alone to protect our propety and families as we see fit and OUR state allows.

    April 18, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. rs

    Where does that "90%" come from? I have been unable to find any poll that gives that number.
    Google it. I found 7 articles in 3 minutes that show the range being from a low of 87% (among military vets), to more than 92%, from 5 different polls conducted in the last month- or less.

    April 18, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Dan5404

    The majority of people did not win. The ridiculous filibuster did. The minority has prevented anything positive from happening by blocking the will of the American people ever since Obama was elected. The cowardly Senators that are bullied by the NRA, a lobbyist organization had better be ready to lose a career in politics in 2014. They are just like Grover Norquist, another lobbyist, who has also interfered in the Democratic process. Both groups show that an aggressive, loud minority with millions can supplant the will of the American people and bully and buy legislators votes for the losing side. I will join many millions in the majority to fight re-election of these right-wing extremists. The gun vote just added many more to the ranks of sane voters determined to end political bullying.

    April 18, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. carlos

    the sickening minds of gun, no manhood.....nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action!!!!

    April 18, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Daily Llama

    The liberal left politicized these heinous massacres to support their anti-American strategies!


    We guard empty office buildings better than we protect educational facilities ......

    Besides, you clueless Libtards, don't preach about the horrible firearm violence in this country until you stop supporting almost 1/3 of a *MILLION* abortions EACH YEAR!!!!

    Abortion isn't "birth control". IT'S MURDER!!!!!

    April 18, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. rs

    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.
    One more time for the slower ones:
    Many things can cause death. Most of those things however, can perform other, useful tasks beneficial to mankind. Guns can only do 1 thing, and they have one purpose only-to kill.

    Get it now?

    April 18, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. us_1776

    Government Of the Lobbyist, By the Lobbyist and For the Lobbyist.


    April 18, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. misterEd

    If the comments on any article related to gun legislation are even a little bit indicative of the level of public support for these measures, then there's no way it was at 90%. I don't know where they are getting that figure from

    April 18, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Richard Hunt

    This was helpful in compiling a list of the senators that are backing gun control so that we can start concentrating on getting them out of office come the next election. What was especially disappointing was Senator McCain's vote. Luckily the people have spoken and the majority of their leaders listened this time around.

    April 18, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Lord Toronaga

    Thank You NRA !!! The people have spoken. Thank You Thank You Thank You. You helped make this happen. The democrats took one to the head.

    April 18, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Notags

    It's a misnomer to even call the weapons Feinstein wanted to ban as 'assault weapons'. They lack the main characteristic of an 'assault weapon', i.e. selective fire, and have never been utilized in battlefield situations. The correct name for these weapons is 'modern sporting rifles'.

    The magazine capacity issue means nothing. Lanza in at least two incidences changed magazines before the magazine he was using was fully expended. In the Virginia Tech incident in 2007, Seung-Hui Cho fired more rounds from handguns than Lanza fired.

    April 18, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    GOPT/D COWARDS! Hope your loves ones are the next statistics!

    April 18, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Canuck

    Harry Reid is useless – I don't see how he can stand to be in his own skin?

    April 18, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. danny592

    The ONLY reason people are against registering guns is they are up to things that they shouldnt be doing. We register cars, for school, even sign up for lottery drawings, but guns, well..... Ill stand with the kids, as a gun owner I do not need banana clips and semi auto for any reason, certainly not for hunting. Right wing Republicans are brain washed, we need to check our moral compass people!

    April 18, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. rosie

    The NRA wants to be able to prevent crazy people from buying guns. That is a great idea. They also are against one of the most effective ways to do just that – background checks. Honestly, if you have nothing to fear then a background check is not going to find anything anyway. Stop pretending this 'infringes' your right to bear arms, it does NOT.

    April 18, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Johnny morgan

    I love hearing you anti gun losers cry and moan when you don't get your way. You better get used to it because guns aint goin nowhere lol.

    April 18, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Glenn

    The 90percent comes from the fraudulent "poll" that only covered 3 (blue) states and was mis-worded to read "Do you agree with background checks"

    April 18, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. dan hodgins

    Is it really a democracy when an overwhelming majority favors the modest step of background checks for gun purchases and the supposedly representative legislature flails helplessly and can not/will not accomplish anything?

    April 18, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Sniffit


    We don't need to since you're essentially handing out guns on the street corners.

    April 18, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Lord Toronaga

    And may I also thank Harry Reid for "round filing" the bill. Ewwww that must hurt A LOT limp wrist liberals !!

    April 18, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Pocono Shooting

    The Vultures are just licking their chops waiting for the next madman to go on a shooting rampage so they can further their political agenda.

    April 18, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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