Murphy Puts Realty Check On Biden Renewed Assault Weapon Ban

Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy, a leading advocate for gun control in the Senate, on Sunday state generally agreed up view that the chamberr doesn't have the 60 votes to pass the assault weapons ban for which President Biden is again pushing.

  • The Democrat president renewed his call for such a ban after a series fatal mass shootings in recents days including on Tuesday night at a Walmart in southeast Virginia in which a supervisor killed six employees.
  • In the aftermath, Biden has said he’s “going to try to get rid of assault weapons” during the so-called lame-duck session of Congress, in which members wind down the session before new and reelected members – and this time a GOP-led House – take control in January.
  • Passage would require 10 Senate Republican votes, assuming all 50 of the chambers’ 50 Democrats support the legislation.
  • “Probably not,” Murphy said Sunday on CNN “State of the Union” about the likelihood of getting 60 votes. “But let’s see if we can try to get that number as close to 60 as possible. … If we don’t have the votes, then we’ll talk to [Senate Majority Leader] Senator Schumer and maybe come back next year with maybe an additional senator and see if we can do better.”
  • Senate Democrats could increase their majority to 51 if Georgia incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock wins his runoff reelection next month.
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