What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Victims of Gun Violence : S. 1805. Gun Industry Liability/Vote to Renew the Federal Ban on the Use and Sale of Assault Weapons. (2004 senate Roll Call 24)
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S. 1805. Gun Industry Liability/Vote to Renew the Federal Ban on the Use and Sale of Assault Weapons.
senate Roll Call 24     Mar 02, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

In order to bring the gun industry liability bill to the Senate floor over the objections of many Democrats, Majority Leader Frist (R-TN) reached a compromise with the minority party by allowing a vote on a Democratic-supported amendment which would renew the ban on assault weapons. The assault weapons ban was due to expire in September 2004. Senator Feinstein (D-CA), a draftee of the original 1994 ban on the sale or use of assault weapons (such as the AK-47 automatic rifle), offered the amendment on behalf of Senate Democrats. Progressives voted in favor of the assault weapons ban renewal because, in their view, assault weapons are weapons of war which serve little purpose other than to murder as many people as possible in a short amount of time. Conservatives opposed renewing the assault weapons ban on second amendment grounds. In their view, the U.S. Constitution explicitly allows citizens to own guns-including assault weapons-in order to protect themselves. Ten Republicans joined a solid majority of Democrats in supporting the Feinstein amendment, the measure was adopted 52-47, and language was added to the underlying bill which would, if the measure had ultimately become law, renew the ban on assault weapons. (Note: Amendments to the gun liability bill-especially the renewal of the assault weapons ban and the closing of the so-called "gun show loophole"-caused the National Rifle Association and its allies in the Senate to turn against the underlying gun liability measure and the bill was soundly defeated 8-90.)

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