Feinstein calls for closing weapons “loophole”
October 3, 2017
• Says it would prevent DIY automatic weapons
• “I’m looking at how best to proceed with legislation to finally close this loophole”
In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting massacre, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, is calling on Congress to close what she calls a weapons loophole.
She notes that while sale and manufacture of automatic weapons has been illegal since 1986, there is a loophole in the law that lets anyone convert certain weapons into the equivalent of automatic weapons.
Ms. Feinstein says so-called “bump fire stocks” can to put on certain weapons to turn them into automatic weapons. According to one online retailer, “bump firing” uses the recoil of a semi-automatic firearm to fire multiple shots in rapid succession.
“Individuals are able to purchase bump fire stocks for less than $200 and easily convert a semi-automatic weapon into a firearm that can shoot between 400 and 800 rounds per minute and inflict absolute carnage,” the lawmaker says. “The Las Vegas shooter appears to have modified at least one of his weapons in this way.”
Four years ago a ban on bump fire stocks was included in her assault weapons bill, which never made it out of Congress.
“I’m looking at how best to proceed with legislation to finally close this loophole,” Ms. Feinstein says. “This is the least we should do in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. It should be our highest priority.”