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Dianne Feinstein introduces Senate gun control bill to ban bump stocks

05 October 2017

Sen. Dianne Feinstein proposed legislation that would ban the sale and possession of devices that transforms a semi-automatic into an automatic weapon the same day she revealed her daughter almost attended the Las Vegas country music festival where similar equipment was used to rain bullets down on thousands of concertgoers.

"There's been broad agreement for decades that automatic weapons should not be legal, and what we saw was an automatic weapon being used", Feinstein said.

Investigators said Paddock used bump stocks to convert more than a dozen rifles into rapid fire weapons.

Feinstein's hastily announced bill drew 26 co-sponsors in about an hour, she said, all Democrats, including Sen. Feinstein said the "short and plain spoken language" of the bill will let everyone know what is banned, "no matter how fancy the device is".

"If you want to do nasty things", said Lacasse. "I haven't looked at it, but I'm skeptical". Senator John Thune said a ban "is worth having a conversation about, and some of our members agree with that". "But these automatic weapons are not for hunting, they are for killing". "But bump stocks were approved by the Obama administration to help gun owners with disabilities fire their weapons".

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Critically, legal machine guns must be manufactured before May 19, 1986, the cutoff date imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF).

The devices work by using the recoil of a semi-automatic gun.

Bump stocks are attached to certain types of guns allowing them to fire rapidly. The bump stock automatically forces the trigger back against the shooter's finger after each shot. She, like many elected officials, say the National Rifle Association has a "stranglehold on Congress".

Republican senators, peppered with questions by reporters in the hallways of Capitol Hill, gave mixed feedback throughout the day on restricting bump stocks, with some outright opposing the idea while others were open to learn more.

While it's unknown whether the latest proposal will make to the floor of the Republican controlled Congress, some Republicans have indicated they would be willing to review the proposal.

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Plus, it seems very possible that Republicans ultimately won't embrace this small and relatively clear-cut gun measure. Some GOP senators say they oppose any efforts to regulate guns ― even narrowly tailored legislation banning bump stocks. The so-called "bump stocks" can be purchased online for less than $200.

Shkop does not believe banning the device, however, will prevent future shootings, and thinks the solutions are outside of the gun industry.

In other words, the bump stock, trigger crank and similar pieces of equipment dodge federal gun laws meant to keep most people from getting their hands on guns that fire bullets continuously and rapidly with a single pull of the trigger.

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Dianne Feinstein introduces Senate gun control bill to ban bump stocks