Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Tuesday she is disappointed that Senate Democratic leaders are dropping her proposed assault weapons ban from a broader gun bill, but she said it will likely make it easier to pass gun-related legislation through the Senate.
Feinstein told reporters that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told her Monday afternoon that the ban on certain types of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would not be part of package of bills that would make up the Senate legislation.
Feinstein said the implication from Reid was that her measure could be used to derail the entire Senate effort if it was included in the larger bill. Instead, the ban will be voted on as an amendment to the larger package.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed because if was in the package, it would take 60 votes to get it out. You know, the enemies on this are very powerful. I've known that all my life," she said.