Senate Democrats Plan “Nuclear Option” to Enact Anti-Second Amendment Legislation
January 3, 2013
Soon after the 113th Congress convenes today, Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid of Nevada will move to destroy the filibuster and put the “nuclear option” in place.
Democrats want a simple majority vote rather than a two-thirds majority or a supermajority required to put down a filibuster. The two-thirds vote, known as cloture, allows a single Senator to hold up Senate business.
“This is a trick which anti-gun Democrats intend to use the first day of the Senate session in order to obliterate the Senate rules and clear the way for 50-vote passage of gun control,” warns Gun Owners of America.
“Your senator’s vote on the ‘nuclear option’ may be the most important gun-related vote he casts during the 113th Congress. It may be the difference between whether Obama can secure Senate passage of gun bans, magazine bans, gun show bans, and bans on private gun sales.”