Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to members of the press following the weekly Democratic policy meeting in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee, Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to members of the press following the weekly Democratic policy meeting in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/09 12:34 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blocking a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights that could have been a political problem for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.

The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures Wednesday to prevent votes on any amendments to a bipartisan measure expanding hunters' access to public lands and renewing land conservation programs. The thwarted amendments included proposals by Republicans expanding gun owners' rights and by Democrats toughening firearms restrictions.

The wide-ranging bill would open up more federal lands to sportsmen, let hunters return 41 polar bear carcasses to the U.S. from Canada and head off government curbs against lead bullets and fishing equipment.

Republicans are expected to derail the overall legislation in a vote this later week or next.

 

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