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Turning now to some new developments in the fight over gun control in your Second Amendment Rights.
Three Republican senators Rand Paul of Kentucky Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of you tell.
Now threatening to filibuster any gun control legislation that comes to the senate floor.
So what does it mean for the future of gun control and the legislation that Harry Reid wants to bring forward.
Joining us now Stephen Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard and -- Fox News contributors -- the Senate's on break.
When they come back in session Harry Reid plans to introduce legislation.
That would broaden among other things background checks and and some other things right.
Right and yes that's right and these three senators are saying.
No to that or at least they want to filibuster it.
Yeah I think they're basically doing two things here one of them on substance and principle and the other on the sort of process.
And politics -- on the substantive question I think there's no no doubt that these three senators believe that.
Any of the kinds of things that are being discussed is included in this day Harry Reid bill including universal background checks and -- Are violations of the Second Amendment made they oppose those things on principle so that's one of the reasons that I think they're taking -- stand.
But I think there's also a political reason that -- taken a stand they want to.
Require a sixty vote threshold.
-- in order for that senate to consider this bill.
So that these democratic senators from red states or moderate senators.
Have to actually go on record voting saying that day in that they favor these things.
Because Harry Reid is going to allow a number of liberal amendments that allow these democratic senators.
Some of whom are up for reelection.
To vote against me.
You know for instance the assault weapons ban and what have you so -- -- bacon -- have their -- feet -- that way on for being pro Second Amendment.
This would force them to cast difficult vote before hand this all gets.
Into the arcane workings of the senate and and I think it's hard for a lot of people myself included understand it sometimes I just wanna go over that again so BI and the -- is that Harry Reid.
Who would allow the -- a ban on assault weapons to be offered as an amendment to the bill.
As so that right some -- -- some of the Democrat.
Senators who are coming up for reelection people like mark may get Sheehan Alaska.
Would be able to vote no on that and and go home to their home voters and say look I voted against that that ban on assault weapons.
Right I think that's exactly right.
I mean look -- to give Harry Reid the benefit of the doubt I mean he is said to -- Dianne Feinstein that he would allow this vote and then I think he's going to allow.
Some kind of a vote on an -- -- things and then you'll have.
Nobody nobody -- -- will pass.
-- nobody nobody really thought it would pass I think going back immediately even in the aftermath of the -- shootings I think it was always.
A pretty tough sell and this is a way I think for Republicans that didn't make those Democrats after they vote in favor.
Of our our after they oppose something like that it also gets them Ted to have to cast a vote.
That will be difficult saying in effect and you know why I'm bringing I'm voting to bring this to the floor I'm voting to have this considered by the senate.
But does anybody think that three senators who say they are willing to filibuster could.
Completely block this legislation.
Well if it doesn't get sixty votes -- -- they they can required to get the sixty votes necessary.
And if it doesn't get sixty votes and in what they're basically trying to do is require.
Bob this super majority so that it's not just a simple majority not just fifty votes but it's sixty votes.
Which and which which will -- -- -- the additional senators democratic senators in all likelihood have to vote for -- there was a test vote on this.
Again another sort of procedural play last week when the senate was considering all sorts of budget amendments.
-- only fifty -- 49 so they were sort of get enthused about that and and -- -- take this one step further and given the fact that Harry Reid comes from Nevada sort of gun friendly stayed I mean he's in a bit of a box himself when it comes to some of the votes in the amendments that he offers.
On gun control legislation.
Well he sure is and he's never been very enthusiastic about about any of these additional measures and I even though he's sometimes -- Support for -- for at least allowing them to have the vote in his role as -- as a leader of the Democrats.
But you're right -- and he's he goes back he'd gotten a ratings from the NRA and -- have been supported by the NR -- the past so I think this makes it a little bit difficult.
For Harry Reid and for people like Harry Reid who come from red states states with strong Second Amendment.
At traditions it makes it difficult for those senators to go and say I support additional by gun control measures.
And that that confrontation between longtime senator Dianne Feinstein and the relative newcomer -- crews.
That's that's going to be re played a long time on television clips I think.
Stephen -- all right Stephen -- from the weekly standard thank you.
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