“When this bill comes to the floor, the Senate will have a historic opportunity to make our families safer, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines,” Lautenberg said in his own statement.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was disappointed and frustrated earlier this week, when she learned from Reid that her bill to revive a prohibition on certain assault-style weapons would be left on the sidelines from the base measure. Reid, however, said he was not sure there would be even 40 votes for such language on the Senate floor, much less the 60 needed to avert a filibuster of it. Thus far, Democrats and Republicans have not been able to agree on background check language.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.