Feinstein to hold separate hearing on “assault weapons” ban

Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who apparently has received an assurance from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the chamber will vote on her gun control proposal, will hold her own hearing on the issue because she isn’t happy with the witnesses slated to testify on the Hill today:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), unhappy with the witnesses slated to testify at Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on guns, will hold her own hearing on her proposed ban on assault weapons.

“I’m concerned and registered my concern with Sen. [Patrick] Leahy yesterday, that the witnesses are skewed to the anti-gun, anti-assault weapons position,” Feinstein told POLITICO. “He agreed that I would be able to do my own hearing on the assault weapons legislation which I will proceed to do.”

Wednesday’s witnesses include NRA President Wayne La Pierre; Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, Nicholas Johnson, law professor at Fordham University School of Law; James Johnson, chief of police for Baltimore County; Gayle Trotter, general counsel of the conservative Independent Women’s Forum.

Feinstein said she has not yet set a date for the hearing.

At least she wants to have a more pro-gun view represented, right? Regardless of her intentions, Feinstein’s bill has little chance of actually passing the Senate and almost no chance of passing the House.

The politics here, as has been previously explained, have the potential to be toxic for Democrats, which why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has cast doubt on whether Democratic leadership is serious about the issue.

With control of the Senate hanging in the balance in 2014, Democrats may be forced to hold off on pushing the issue.

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