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Honor Role of Assault Weapons Ban Co-Sponsors

It’s regrettable that the U.S. Senate could not muster the requisite 60 votes to insure passage of an assault weapons ban, even after the spate of horrific shootings, including the mass murder of children in Sandy Hook Elementary school. It is sadder still that Majority Leader Harry Reid could not even get 40 Democrats on board. But Democratic senators who had the courage and vision to serve as co-sponsors of the bill, which is sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein merit a tip of the hat. If your senator isn’t on the list, you can call him/her and ask why at (202) 224-3121.
Current Senate cosponsors
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.)
Senator Mo Cowan (D-Mass.)
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
Senator John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
The bill would have banned specific semi-automatic weapons and ammo clips, including those used in recent massacres.
But a version of the assault weapons ban may get a vote. As Ed O’Keefe and Phillip Rucker report in the Washington Post:

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) is working with other Democrats to find potential GOP co-sponsors for a revised bill with exceptions for firearm exchanges between family members or close friends. But talks have been hampered by disagreements about whether to establish a record-keeping system for non-commercial gun transactions.

“I think we have growing momentum on our side,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “Newtown was a call to action and I think we’ve made tremendous progress. Three-plus months ago, this issue was politically untouchable. This time is different.”

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