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Friday, 13 October 2017 06:14

Chris Murphy says assault weapons ban would have stopped Las Vegas shooter

Written by  CBS News

If an assault weapons ban were still in effect this year, it is certain that fewer people would be dead in Las Vegas, argues Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a view that puts him at odds with one Democratic colleague who said no law could have been passed that could have stopped the Las Vegas gunman.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked by "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson Sunday whether any law passed could have prevented the massacre, replied, "No."

"[Stephen Paddock] passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions," Feinstein said.

"I respectfully disagree with my colleague," Murphy told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and Political Director Steve Chaggaris on the latest episode of "The Takeout" podcast.

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"It is correct that he would have passed a background check and he would have been able to own weapons," Murphy conceded of Paddock, who used semiautomatic firearms that were modified to fire like automatic weapons, when he killed nearly 60 people and injured more than 500 others in a matter of minutes at a country music concert Oct. 1.

"But what if he did not have an assault weapon? What if the assault weapons ban still applied? What if he was up in that hotel with a pistol or a shot gun or a non-semi-automatic rifle? Maybe he would have gone through with the crime, but I guarantee you less people would be dead.

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