What caused gun control bills' failure? (Sarah Gamard)
The Democratic-ruled Senate Executive Committee (six persons) declined to send an assaults weapon ban, high-capacity magazine ban, and permit-to-purchase mandate to a floor vote. The apparent rationale was that there wasn’t sufficient enthusiasm for these bills, so they weren’t likely to pass. Pity that “the majority of senators won’t get a chance to officially show where they stand on some of the most debated policies of the season.”
Supporters of the bills weren’t happy, e.g., Sen. Laura Sturgeon (D-Brandywine-west) who claimed that “all three bills had support.” And for the moment, it’s not clear what the path forward will be – even next year.