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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-09 04:01 PM
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155. Senate Majority Leader Reid puts more kibosh on the "ban popular guns" talk...
Edited on Sat Feb-28-09 04:03 PM by benEzra

Reid joins Pelosi in opposing ban revival
By J. Taylor Rushing
Posted: 02/26/09 10:17 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will join House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in opposing any effort to revive the 1994 assault-weapons ban, putting them on the opposite side of the Obama administration.

Reid spokesman Jim Manley said the Nevada Democrat will preserve his traditional pro-gun rights voting record.

"Sen. Reid would oppose an effort reinstate the ban if the Senate were to vote on it in the future," Manley told The Hill in an e-mail late Thursday night.

It was not immediately clear whether Reid would block the bill from the Senate, but his opposition casts serious doubt on its chances. Also, Manley noted that Reid voted against the ban in 1994 and again when it expired in 2004.

Reid's stance joins him with Pelosi, who told reporters Thursday that the administration had not checked with her before Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters the administration would attempt to reinstate the ban. Pelosi gave a flat no when asked if she had spoken to Holder or any other administration officials about the issue.

On that score, I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now, Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. I think it's clear the Bush administration didnt do that.

More good news.

BTW, I don't think it's entirely fair that the articles says this puts them at odds with "the Obama administration." I don't think Holder was speaking for the administration; I think he was just spouting off without thinking, personally. (If he were thinking, he probably wouldn't have called for a ban on ammunition that was already banned 23 years ago, either...)
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