BELLEVUE, WA – The failure by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) to move legislation banning so-called “assault weapons” via unanimous consent does not mean he has given up, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is vowing to fight such an attempt.
The bill, S. 25, was introduced by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). An attempt to move it via unanimous consent failed when Republicans objected. But CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said this is no guarantee the legislation won’t come back as an attachment to another bill, or moved some other way in the Senate, which Democrats control by a thin margin.
“Chuck Schumer has been trying to revive the ten-year ban on semiautomatic rifles since it expired back in 2004,” Gottlieb recalled. “Merely because Sen. Feinstein passed away earlier this year does not mean the Democrat crusade to ban modern rifles and standard-capacity magazines is finished. If anything, it means Schumer and his colleagues will try a different strategy. They might even pitch the proposal as a lasting tribute to Feinstein. After all, Capitol Hill anti-gunners are a determined lot, and they know Joe Biden wants a gun ban feather in his cap heading into the 2024 presidential campaign.
“The Citizens Committee will definitely be on the lookout for any backdoor effort by Schumer and the Democrats,” he continued. “They have tried to get some momentum because of the recent tragedy in Maine, but thankfully there are Republicans in the Senate who still adhere to the Constitution and the Second Amendment, and we’re grateful they blocked Wednesday’s attempt.
“One way grassroots activists can lower the odds of legislative shenanigans is to call the Senate switchboard and leave a message encouraging their state’s two senators to just say ‘no,’ if S. 25 or any other gun control bill or amendment should come up,” Gottlieb suggested.
The Senate switchboard number is (202-224-3121).