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FEINSTEIN GUN BAN NOT IN BILL

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Will Be An Amendment Instead
By Harold Hutchison

A proposed semi-auto and magazine ban pushed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) may have a harder time securing passage through the Senate because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made the decision to exclude the ban from the Senate gun bill.

According to HotAir.com, Feinstein complained about the decision by Reid. The legislation will still be offered as an amendment to the underlying background check bill. This may be more about strategy on Reid’s part, though.

“Reid wants to pass a bipartisan bill to expand background checks, and he’s more than willing to sacrifice Feinstein’s effort to get it, especially since Reid was never enthusiastic about the renewed AWB in the first place,” Ed Morrissey wrote at the blog, which is affiliated with Townhall.com.

Morrissey also noted that this move will help protect Democratic senators in states that have voted for George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney in the last three presidential elections. Democrats also face serious challenges in holding open seats in Michigan and Iowa in 2014.