WASHINGTON - The proposed assault weapons ban will not be part of the initial gun control measure the Senate will debate next month.
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says instead of being included in the measure, the ban will be offered as an amendment.
The expected decision means the ban seems to stand little chance of surviving because of expected solid opposition from Republicans and likely defections with some moderate Democrats.
The ban was one of four gun control measures approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this month. The other measures would expand required federal background checks for firearm buyers, increase federal penalties for illegal gun trafficking, and boost school safety money.