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McConnell Doubts Reid's Commitment to Gun Control

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McConnell questioned whether Reid, who has opposed the assault weapons ban in the past, was committed to bringing a gun measure to the Senate floor.

“After the hearing, we have to roll up our sleeves in the committee and go to work. We’ve got to take a starting bill and go through the amendment process. How many times have we heard on the floor ‘Well, this hasn’t even had a hearing!’” Durbin said. “We’ll have our hearing, and that’s the beginning of the process.”

The more liberal contingent also includes New York Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the no. 3 member of Reid’s leadership team, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

“She’s talked to me about her assault weapons ban — the new one — she believes in it fervently and I admire her for that,” Reid said when asked specifically if he would vote for Feinstein’s bid to revive the expired assault weapons prohibition. “I’ll take a look at that.”

“We’re going to have votes on all kinds of issues dealing with guns, and I think everyone would be well-advised to read the legislation before they determine how they’re going to vote for it,” he added.

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