A Democratic senator introduced a bill Wednesday to ban the rifle modifier that the Las Vegas killer used to increase his rate of fire to near that of an automatic weapon — and at least one Republican lawmaker is already backing the plan.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation would prohibit the sale and possession of “bump stocks” — legal devices that modify a semiautomatic gun to fire like a full automatic and were found in Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite.
“Mr. and Mrs. America, you have to stand up, you have to say enough is enough,” she pleaded, revealing that her own daughter had planned to attend the tragic Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores told The Hill he will back a bump stock ban, and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also said he will likely support the legislation.
“The fact that fully-automatic weapons are already illegal and this makes another weapon capable [of automatic fire], I would be supportive of that,” Johnson told The Hill.
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.
Technically, that means the finger is pulling the trigger for each round fired, which keeps the weapon a legal semiautomatic.