Charlie T Waite Posted July 29, 2022 Share Posted July 29, 2022 Democrats have reached a breakthrough on the "assault weapons" ban vote. The climactic vote that was called off on Wednesday is back on. Democratic leadership abandoned their plan to pair the ban with a police funding bill after fierce resistance from progressive members. Now, we will find out if Democrats really have enough votes to get the ban through. House Democrats Reverse Course, Set Vote on ‘Assault Weapons’ BanBy Stephen Gutowski After throwing in the towel on Wednesday, Democrats have reached a deal that will bring the “assault weapons” ban to a floor vote on Friday. The turnaround came after progressives, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and moderates inside the Democratic party agreed to delay a vote on a police funding bill and move forward on the ban. Democratic leadership had planned to package the two initiatives together as a compromise package between the factions. However, CBC and progressive members refused to consider the police funding bill. Now, the House will move forward with just the vote on the assault weapons ban while Democrats continue to negotiate over the police funding effort. “Today, our Democratic Majority will take up and pass the Assault Weapons Ban legislation: a crucial step in our ongoing fight against the deadly epidemic of gun violence in our nation,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said in a message to members. The passage of the ban would provide more liberal members of the Democratic caucus with another messaging win going into the midterm elections. It would also likely hurt members in more moderate districts, especially given the falling popularity of banning so-called assault weapons over the past few years. The bill would ban future sales of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that are equipped with one or more features such as a barrel shroud, flash suppressor, or pistol grip. It would ban many more guns by name, including the popular AR-15 and AK-47 rifles. It is more aggressive than the federal assault weapons ban passed in 1994. The House Judiciary Committee moved the bill last week with hopes of having it brought up for a full vote by the end of this week. After initially saying the vote would have to be pushed past the August recess, Democrats were able to agree on the vote. However, final passage is still in doubt as a number of moderate Democrats have either expressed skepticism about the ban or flat out said they won’t vote for it. Link to comment
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