Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban the sale and possession of “bump stocks” — which the Las Vegas killer used to increase his rate of fire — as well as similar devices.
The California Democrat also revealed that her own daughter had planned to attend the tragic Route 91 Harvet Music Festival — but her plans changed and she didn’t go.
“Mr. and Mrs. America, you have to stand up, you have to say enough is enough,” Feinstein pleaded.
According to a copy of the bill provided to ABC News, it would go into effect 180 days after its passage.
“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 bill states.
The feds said Tuesday that several bump stock – legal devices that modify a semiautomatic gun to fire like a full automatic – were found in Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite.
He altered at least one of the 23 guns he had amassed at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before unleashing his unremitting assault on concertgoers from the 32nd floor.
Feinstein, who in 2013 authored an assault weapons ban bill that failed 40-60 in the Senate, currently has 24 co-sponsors of the bill, all Democrats.
Bump stocks adjust the stock of a gun and manipulate the trigger mechanism so the recoil itself fires bullets in rapid succession when the rifle slides back and forth.
The motion makes the trigger collide with — or bump — the shooter’s finger as long as forward pressure is applied with the non-shooting hand and rearward pressure is maintained with the shooting hand.
Technically, that means the finger is pulling the trigger for each round fired, which keeps the weapon a legal semiautomatic.
A “trigger crank” bolts onto the trigger guard of a semiautomatic rifle. The shooter rotates the crank, which also increases the weapon’s rate of fire.
GOP leaders have resisted Democrats’ calls for tightening gun control legislation after the shooting, calling the demands premature.
“I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday.
“The investigation’s not even been completed. And I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions if there are any,” he added. “In the meantime, our priority is on tax reform, as my colleagues have indicated.”
President Trump said Tuesday that it was not the time for a political debate on gun control in the wake of the shooting, which killed 59 people and injured more than 500 others.
Asked whether such a debate would come at some point, Trump responded, “Perhaps that will come” — but added that it was “not for now.”