Yesterday, the Washington Post noted how badly Dianne Feinstein’s assault-weapons ban was faring on Capitol Hill. Today, it’s NBC’s turn. Chuck Todd reported earlier this morning that even Patrick Leahy won’t support the bill (via the Weekly Standard):
The Hill reiterates that Reid won’t give it any public support, either. He will only pledge to support legislation that “generally” addresses gun violence:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation to the floor and open it to a lengthy amendment process. But he declined to endorse the assault weapons ban introduced last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which has the support of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranking Senate Democratic leaders. …
He said he has told his colleagues he will do everything in his power to “bring legislation dealing with guns and violence, generally, to the floor.”
No one thought Reid would be excited to support a new assault-weapons ban. He didn’t support the last one, and he’s been non-committal over the last several weeks even while his fellow Democrats have publicly demanded a new ban. Leahy’s reluctance should probably not be surprising, either; Vermont has a lot of gun owners, and voters there support nearly unrestricted gun rights.