Even though a late attempt at an assault weapons ban was introduced in the House in the waning hours of the legislative session, a key Democrat says the bill won't be moved, because there appears to be no chance to get it through both the House and Senate in the time remaining.
The legislation would have prohibited many types of semi-automatic "assault-style" shotguns and handguns, as well as high-capacity ammunition magazines. Similar bills cleared a Senate committee last week, but were not called for a floor vote because there were not enough votes for approval.
And the lack of a clear path through the Senate means it would be futile to move the bills through the House, according to Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz. Sponsors say they will revisit the assault weapons issue in the next session of the General Assembly, which starts Wednesday.