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. Flatsguide

    Reid, the little beady-eyed rat, is not as dumb as he looks.

    April 18, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. rs

    "The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson
    A man who obviously knew nothing about guns that could fire more than a single bullet without a lengthy reload. Using Jefferson (whom you'd likely trash as a liberal today if he were alive) to defend the weaponry available and current irrational sentiment around the 2nd Amendment is at best, dishonest.

    April 18, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. SC

    I think what some of you don't know is that ANYONE can buy a gun online or a gun show. They have absolutely no restriction. A sociopath can go online and buy whatever gun they want with absolutely no sort of background check. This is a problem.

    April 18, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The GOPT/D are such COWARDS they couldn't even try to meet in the middle and pass a temporary mandated legislation. In 1994 the Clinton administration passed a 10 year ban on assault weapons and no one's guns were taken away. And back then we didn't have as many mass shootings as we have today. Perhaps if President Obama's skin color was a little more like Bill Clinton's the legislation would have passed. COWARDS!

    April 18, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Pat

    Let's not forget that there some Democrats voted against this. This legislation does nothing to prevent future incidents, such as Sandy Hook. We have laws in place for background checks.

    Just a note: Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws and they have they have the highest number of murders. The laws do not prevent criminals from guns. It prevent the common law abiding citizens from the right to bear arms.

    April 18, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. pat carr

    Obama blames the "gun lobby" for lying but it's him that is the real liar. There are plenty of laws already in place. He's just basically pouting that he and his gun grabbing bullies didn't get their way yesterday. Obama if you're angry at liars, stand in front of the mirror first

    April 18, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. scott bleyle

    Which letter in NO don't these gun grabbers understand,no matter the question,they go full circle back to gun control (now gun safety) One reason Californicated is so mucked up,it's them.Pelosi believes her name is synonymous with "WE the People." They will never stop.

    April 18, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Guest

    I say let each state vote about gun control. The feds don't have the right to regulate guns except for the military.

    April 18, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. BCZip

    Interesting approach – can't get the legislation to pass even though Democrats "control" the Senate, so they are going to table it for now to allow for further negotiations. "We're gonna have time to work on what people want to do before we come back to this," Reid said. In general, I think it's a good approach – maybe they can determine how to keep the CRIMINALS and those with MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES from getting guns without trampling on the rights of law-abiding citizens to own / use guns.

    Why couldn't they (Democrats) take the same approach in the Senate and House regarding the Health Care legislation – allow everyone time to work on what people want to do before we come back to it. What a difference time, discussion / debate can make!

    April 18, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Ray

    Why do so many act so naive?? It's not that background checks are a big problem. It's the way the Washington Wizards take something simple and turn it into a 1500 page bill that contains a whole bunch of other bad stuff. Write a two sentence bill that simply states that sales/transfers ( exceptt to family) will go through the curent existing system and it should pass without discussion.

    April 18, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. rs

    Northern Maine

    Gun skeptics run on emotion.....maybe they should start a campaign to make cars illegal....they kill more then guns do every year!
    The difference is that people who die by authomibile die in things we call "accidents". People who get shot and killed, are killed "on purpose" because some one took aim, and fired.

    April 18, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "requiring mental health check"

    While that should certainly be a part of it, I personally prefer the idea of a "fitness to carry" evaluation. The phraseology spends more time focusing on the real issue than stigmatizing the mentally ill. Yeah, I know, semantic games, but sometimes words/names matter because other things flow from them.

    April 18, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. scott bleyle

    Background check= registration= future confiscation,always has been.

    April 18, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine


    How about background checks to vote? We can't even get voter ID in some states..

    "The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government'.-Thomas Jefferson
    Alleged voter fraud never killed anyone: however, lots of people died trying to vote, and were told they could not because of their gender or their race/ethnicity. The kind of mass killings that have become all too common would have shocked Jefferson, who would have wondered why people had not become the virtuous society he envisioned. He became increasingly disgusted by the way people acted as he grew older. The NRA would not have impressed him at all.

    April 18, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Roscoe

    Shelve it. Smartest thing he's done all year. As to the 90%. According to Gallup and Pew the American people think gun legislation is a joke. 4% rank it as a priority. The American people don't want to waste time with it – they would rather have the government spend time on things like the economy, jobs, defense etc. They probably think Reid and the Senate are rather out of touch, or worse just plain out of it.

    April 18, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. rs

    Democrats are literally trying to take guns away from the American people yet give them to the Mexican drug cartel.

    How typical of them.
    Peddling THAT nonsense again? One more time- Fast and furious tracked straw buyer guns from Arizona gun shops to the cartels. They NEVER were in the possession of any LEO or federal agency.

    April 18, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Thunderbolt

    The poll was a lie, Plain and simple. If 90% of the people backed this measure you wouldn't have to worry about the NRA. They will wait till mid-terms then proceed to go against popular demand, same as Obama did. People are afraid that the datebase will be abused by government, or media like the last time. Like putting people's names and addresses in the paper that owned guns.............. Yeah, that kind of abuse.............. and please tell us again how that could never happen.............

    April 18, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Someone should just start a nationwide charity/non-profit that buys up guns and destroys them. Enough with the political advertisements and wang waving. Enough talk. ACT.

    April 18, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. ghostriter

    Independent, the ban was another bill. The vote in question was on the background checks.

    Oh, and folks were calling the poll a CNN/liberal lie. I guess Fox is in on it as well.

    April 18, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Rick Warren's son purchased the gun he used to commit suicide online. Pastor Warren stated that the gun had its serial number filed off, and the seller was unknown to him or anyone else in the family. Why was someone who had a history of depression able to buy a gun online with no check at all? Wyoming and other rural states lead the nation per capita in suicides by gun: if this has been an issue for a long time, why have these states done nothing about it? The conservative gun culture has ignored mental health until it become a politcal hot potato: once again, it will get shoved under the rug until the next loon kills a few dozen people.

    April 18, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. rs

    WOW how can so many of you be so clueless??? BACKGROUND CHECK ARE ALREADY IN PLACE!!!!!! They do not help to take away guns from criminals!!!
    Wow-how can you be so CLUELESS? Obviously, there are inconsistencies. In Arizona for example guns for cash at gun shows, no bakground check. Likewise with Internest sales. Don't even get started on the straw buyer problem.

    April 18, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Legion

    Oh the liberal tears taste so good. To me the background check wasn't the issue, it's the banning of certain types of rifles that rubs me the wrong way. The types of rifles I own are none of your business and you have no right to take them from me. Just like the government has no right to tell a woman how she chooses to live her life in regards to abortion and that the government does not have the right to tell gays what they can and cannot do, the government has no right to tell us what guns we can and cannot own. I don't care what you think i NEED in regards to the ammunition I buy, or the type of rifle I own. Most women don't NEED to murder their unborn child, gays don't NEED to get married but it's not our right to say what they do or do not need because it is their RIGHT, so leave us gun owners alone.

    I'm all for fairness, but it must be complete fairness and not selective fairness.

    April 18, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. VEW2012

    That's what Reid wanted to do anyway. Shame on him!

    April 18, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    When this country revolts against its government, our govt can thank itself for arming the insurgency. Land of the DUMB and home of the DUMBER!

    April 18, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Background check= registration= future confiscation,always has been."

    Really? And your evidence is what? Australia where they have background checks, registration and buyback programs and nationwide confiscation of all guns has never occurred? The enacted a massive overhaul of their gun policies and programs in 1996 after over 10 mass shootings over a decade and have has ZERO mass shootings since...and responsible, law-abiding Australians are still happily owning their guns. But oh, wait, that's right, I forgot: "blah blah Hitler yammer yammer ding dong."

    April 18, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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