U.S. Senate Democrats are expected to scrap a plan to outlaw assault weapons. They say they just don’t have the votes to get the measure passed.
The legislation comes in response to the Sandy Hook massacre where a gunman used an assault rifle and handguns to kill 20-children and six adults back in December. But federal lawmakers now say there is not enough support for the assault weapon ban.
State Representative and gun control advocate Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines says he’s disappointed…but not surprised. “I really believe that the wrong spin was put on it.” Abdul-Samad says, “We should have been looking at a comprehensive approach to the weapons issue instead of just looking at the assault weapons and the clips.”
The senate is expected to pass a bill that will increase penalties for those who buy guns for other people who are banned from having them. Legislation for the so-called straw purchases is expected to have bipartisan support.