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Key GOP senator says Schumer’s assault weapons ban ‘off the table’


A Republican senator who was a lead negotiator for a gun and mental health bill passed this year has said there is no time in December to pass more significant gun legislation on fire, a sign that this top priority of the Democrats could be abandoned.

“I don’t think that’s on the table,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Fox News Digital on Wednesday when asked about the chances of a move on what Democrats are calling an assault weapons ban. Cornyn, who helped negotiate the bipartisan Safer Communities Act that Congress passed this summer, would likely be a key GOP vote for any future gun legislation.

Additionally, a Democratic senator who has spoken out on gun control, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, told Fox News Digital that the Senate “has a lot to do” when asked about the prospect of pass a last minute gun bill.

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“I don’t think that’s on the table,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said of a last-minute assault weapons ban.
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Blumenthal said that as of today there are “probably not 60 votes” for a bill, a sign that there aren’t 10 Republican senators willing to break a filibuster and allow bills to pass. ‘a law project. But Blumenthal said he would always prefer a vote on a bill, even if it fails.

“I personally would like to be recorded,” he said.

Cornyn and Blumenthal’s comments are just the latest sign that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s goal of passing an assault weapons ban before the end of the current Congress is slipping away.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal says he "personally feel the need to vote. … Personally, I would like to be registered" on the ban on assault weapons.

Senator Richard Blumenthal says he “personally feels the need to vote. … I would personally like to know” about the assault weapons ban.
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On Wednesday, Blumenthal joined fellow Democrat, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and the March Fourth Coalition, a gun advocacy group, to host a press conference aimed at urging the Senate to pass the gun ban storming into the lame- duck sitting.

Schumer also faces pressure from the White House.

President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak at the 10th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence Wednesday night, just a week before the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. After the Club-Q shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Biden said he would renew his calls for the Senate to pass the ban.

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FILE - Schumer said last week, "The bottom line is that I am the author of the Assault Weapons Ban. I strongly believe in it."

FILE – Schumer said last week, “The bottom line is that I am the author of the assault weapons ban. I strongly believe in it.”
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“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick. Just sick,” Biden said at a press event in Nantucket on Thanksgiving Day. “I’ll try to get rid of the assault weapons.”

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Schumer said last week: “At the end of the day, I’m the author of the assault weapons ban. I’m a big believer in it. And we’re still working to see the best way to try to get there to arrive at.”

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