Feinstein, Harris Team Up to Push Tougher Gun Laws

Posted October 05, 2017

The tool is called a "bump fire stock", or bump stock for short. Fully automatic weapons sold after 1986 are illegal in the U.S. Authorities report that 59 people were killed and at least 527 others were injured. Machine guns require just one pull of the trigger to fire dozens of rounds.

But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) quickly organized a press conference on Wednesday to unveil legislation to ban bump stocks, as she expressed shock that such a device was on the market that allows a firearm to essentially be converted into an automatic weapon, which is banned. An American concert venue has now become a battlefield. "We must never stop fighting - fight, fight, fight!" she said to applause on the steps outside Congress.

Following news that the Las Vegas gunman used bump stocks to accelerate his fire, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, and Elizabeth Warren of MA, plus independent U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), said he's talked to Republicans who are privately sympathetic. "This is such a new component to me, I have no idea how it operates, how simple it is", said Representative Jeff Duncan. Panel votes to ease driverless vehicle regs House votes to streamline pipeline reviews Questions grow over Kushner's security clearances MORE (R-Texas), a former Republican Study Committee chairman and gun owner, also expressed support for the idea.

"It is unacceptable that we have 100 gun deaths every day in this country", said Dhingra.

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. "But they will soon start unleashing fire and brimstone alerting their supporters of their continued absolutist position".

In her office two hours later, Harris said that despite what critics of stricter gun control laws say, this is not about upending the Second Amendment or the right to responsibly own guns.

If lawmakers pass the "bump-stock" bill, Casey said, violators would be subject to the same penalties as those who illegally possess a machine gun - those penalties include a statutory maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who is close to House leadership, told MSNBC: "I did not know that there was technology capable that cheaply of transforming a semiautomatic into an automatic weapon". Automatic weapons are not illegal.

"I think it'd be a good time to have a hearing", Sen.

Also on Wednesday, Rep. She said she had been considering trying to reintroduce that more sweeping legislation, as she's done unsuccessfully in the past, but that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged her to go with a narrower bill that might be likelier to draw support. "Something has got to change".