CA Lawmaker Introduces Legislation Banning Firearm Device Used by Las Vegas Shooter

| OCT 4, 2017 | 8:35 PM

Following news that the Las Vegas gunman used bump stocks to accelerate his fire, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would ban the sale and possession of that very device.

The bill's text, according to ABC News, read:

It shall be unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a trigger crank, a bump-fire device or any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.

The ban has 24 Democratic co-sponsors but would likely face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already derided attempts to reform gun control after Sunday's shooting.

“The investigation's not even been completed. And I think it's premature to be discussing legislative solutions if there are any,” McConnell said.

Feinstein's legislation would go into effect 180 days after passage and exempt U.S. agencies and departments.

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) reported that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock had multiple bump stocks in his hotel room when police found him. Feinstein's legislation would presumably apply to Paddock's method of augmenting semi-automatic weapons with bump stocks.

Paddock's rapid fire, some have argued, allowed him to murder such a large number of people Sunday. In total, at least 59 people died and more than 500 were injured in what is now considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.