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Elsewhere on this site it has been reported that Harry Reid won't be keeping the assault weapons ban in the legislation that will be brought to the floor of the Senate. This has been widely reported as an indication that the assault weapons ban is dead.
Vice President Biden apparently does not agree with this, and he vows to keep fighting. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered with Melissa Block, in response
To Melissa's question as to whether the administration planned to continue fighting for a ban that for all the world appeared a lost cause, Biden said:
"I'm still pushing that it pass — we are still pushing that it pass. The same thing was told to me when the first assault weapons ban in '94 was attached to the Biden crime bill, that it couldn't possibly pass. It was declared dead several times.
"I believe that the vast majority of the American people agree with us, the vast majority of gun owners agree with us, that military-style assault weapons are — these are weapons of war; they don't belong in the street.
"And [in] the recent decision declaring the right of someone to own a weapon in their home for self-protection, Justice [Antonin] Scalia acknowledged that you can constitutionally ban certain types of weapons. And so I haven't given up on this."