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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Says Daughter Was Supposed To Go To Las Vegas Music Festival

Sen. Feinstein introducing bill to ban bump stocks after Vegas shooting

The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, has some Republican lawmakers considering gun control legislation, a dramatic shift from what has historically been their party's general aversion to gun regulations of any kind.

Feinstein, who in 2013 authored an assault weapons ban bill, which failed 40-60 in the Senate, now has 24 co-sponsors of the bill, all Democrats.

The U.S. Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, said on Wednesday that lawmakers should investigate "bump stock" accessories that turn some guns into rapid-fire weapons, after Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein called for Congress to ban the devices.

"I didn't even know what they were until this week", Mr Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, said on Thursday of bump-stocks.

At a news conference Wednesday announcing the legislation, Feinstein told reporters the devices contributed to the "simply stunning" numbers from the Sunday night shooting.

Fully automatic weapons like machine guns, which fire continuously with a single trigger pull, have been largely banned since 1986.

But Collins spokeswoman Annie Clark said her boss is "concerned" about bump stocks and believes that the issue "warrants further examination" while Poliquin is "open to learning more", his spokesman, Brendan Conley, said.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker (R) said he would be unable to voice his opinion on any legislation concerning bump stocks until he learned how the devices work and "how that affects the law", according to CNN.

Feinstein has a long history of pushing for stricter gun laws, dating back to the assassination of the San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk.

"If someone wants to get their hands on a firearm to go and hurt other people, regardless of how strict the laws are, they're going to be able to do that", Forum said. Feinstein said she and Democratic leaders chose to pursue a narrow bill on bump stocks because it has a better chance of success in the GOP-controlled Congress than the more sweeping gun measures they would prefer.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) supported the bill among others who spoke Wednesday, calling the Las Vegas shooting a "wake up call" to Congress. At least 59 people died and hundreds were injured when he opened fire on an outdoor country music festival.

What might seem a bit more surprising are the Republicans getting behind her effort.

Bump stocks can effectively change semi-automatic weapons into fully automatics by utilising the weapon's recoil effect. "Yeah, I don't think there's any question we ought to look at that".

The Las Vegas shooting - the deadliest in modern United States history - appears to have shifted the opinion of some pro-gun Republicans, too. "I have no problem from banning myself from owning it".

Many Republicans echoed Speaker Ryan, saying the entire concept of bump stocks was new to them and holding off from a commitment to the call for a legislative ban.

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