“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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.