Senator Says No Law Would Have Stopped Las Vegas Shooting

Oct 9, 2017

Senator Diane Feinstein told Face the Nation that there was no law that could have stopped the Las Vegas shooter. The senator said, “No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions.” Senator Feinstein is “one of the leading gun control advocates in Congress.” She is pushing legislation that would “ban the sale of bump stocks.” The bump stock modifies a rifle to allow the user to “increase a weapon’s rate of fire.” Feinstein said that there is some Republican interest in her legislation but none have co-sponsored the bill. Under the Obama administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms decided not to regulate bump stocks explaining, that the stocks “are not properly firearms, placing them beyond the purview of federal scrutiny.” The Las Vegas shooter is responsible for killing 60 people at a country music concert on September 30. Senator Feinstein pointed out that the shooter did not suffer from mental illness and had no criminal record.