Politico reports that the assault weapons ban, a centerpiece of President Obama\’s gun control package, is going nowhere in the Democratic controlled Senate:
“Dianne has worked so hard on this,” Reid said, referring to the ban\’s sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “She understands going back to the day she found the mayor dead in his office. I know that, but right now her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That’s not 60. I have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues.”
Supporters say they will still offer an amendment, which in effect still forces an up-or-down vote.