California’s senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, is backing a law that would ban “bump stocks” and other gun accessories but conceded gun control might not have stopped the Las Vegas shooter.
Speaking on Face the Nation on CBS in a 16-minute one-on-one interview on Sunday, Feinstein said her proposed ban, which has 38 Dems co-sponsoring, does not ban semi-auto firearms in general, just the controversial accessories.
“This is written in clean English, you can take a look at it, I’ll send a copy of it. It’s a two-page bill, I’ll send a copy of it to anyone who calls our office, and you can look at it yourself. It does not take anyone’s gun,” she said.
The proposal introduced this week would ban the bump fire or slide fire style stocks as well as “trigger cranks” and any device, attachment, or accessory that accelerates the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle but falls short of the legal definition of a machine gun.
When asked by host John Dickerson: “Could there have been any law passed that would’ve stopped him?” the chief backer of the 1993 Federal Assault Weapon ban was frank.
“No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions,” she said.
Moving on to the prospect of national concealed carry reciprocity legislation, a favorite of gun rights advocates and House Republicans, Feinstein said that she thought the Second Amendment did not protect concealed carry and that her state isn’t interested in the concept.
“I represent 40 million Californians, and I can say without hesitation Californians do not want concealed carry,” Feinstein said.