House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic Thursday that the Republican-controlled Congress can pass comprehensive gun legislation, but said she doesn’t expect an assault weapons ban to be part of such a measure.
“It might not be [an] assault weapon ban, but practically anything short of that is what we would expect,” Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said at her weekly news conference. “That might take longer. We need to have the best package we can get done now.”
President Trump seemed to embrace a variety of bipartisan proposals to address gun violence at a White House meeting Wednesday, and urged Republicans to consider adding an assault weapons ban to a popular bipartisan Senate background check bill. The moment left the author of the ban, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, outwardly showing glee. She’s pushed to reinstate the ban since a GOP-controlled Congress let it expire in 2004.