Reid Tables Gun Control Bill, Manchin Still Lobbying for Background Checks

Harry Reid

It seems that the gun control is on hold in the Senate. According to The Hill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced yesterday that the bill had been tabled and that the chamber would move on to other issues:

“It’s only a matter of time before we bring this anti-gun-violence measure back to the floor for a vote,” Reid said Thursday. “The stand of the Republicans is not sustainable.”

Reid said Democrats knew passing gun control measures would be an uphill battle.

“We knew all along that efforts to pass stronger background checks and keep guns out of the hands of criminals wouldn’t be easy,” Reid said. “But it’s worth the effort.”

Two of the policies pushed by President Barack Obama and most Senate Democrats went down on Wednesday. The Manchin-Toomey amendment, which would expand background checks to unlicensed gun dealers and online gun sales, failed in a 54 to 46 vote (60 votes were needed) and the Assault Weapons Ban amendment, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) only received 40 votes.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has said that he will continue to push the background checks amendment in hopes to gain enough support to bring it back up in the future. However, the opposition to the bill will be substantial unless there are tweaks.

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) did try to push a separate background check amendment that would focus on keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals. Rather than broadly targeting guns shows and online sales, which is a red-herring, putting a focus on criminals and straw purchasers. Unfortunately, that amendment failed to pass.

There’s a chance that some sort of deal could be worked out that would allow the issue to come back up in the future, but the likelihood of that happening decreases be the day. For now, it seems, the Second Amendment has dodged another bullet from anti-gun advocates.

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