Does Harry Reid Still Oppose the 'So-Called Assault Weapons Ban'?
1:12 PM, Dec 18, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In the wake of the Newtown school massacre, many Democrats want to bring back the "assault weapons ban," which was in effect from 1994 to 2004. But Harry Reid, the leader of the Senate Democrats, voted against renewing the ban in 2004, along with six other Democratic senators, including Wisconsin's Russ Feingold and Louisiana's Mary Landrieu.
According to Reid's campaign website, the Nevada senator is "staunchly opposed to the so-called assault weapons ban, played a critical role in passing a law to protect gun manufacturers from junk lawsuits, and consistently votes to protect Nevadans’ Second Amendment rights." The website also includes a ringing endorsement of Reid from the president of the NRA:
But during remarks on the Senate floor Monday, Reid said that in "the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow violence to grow.”
Does that mean Reid is open to changing his position on the assault weapons ban? Reid's spokesman did not reply to an email Monday from THE WEEKLY STANDARD asking if Reid still opposes the ban, but a person close to Reid told Politico's Manu Raju that the majority leader's thinking on gun control is "evolving":