So, it begins.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein told CBS “Face the Nation” no law would have stopped the Las Vegas shooter from killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 at a country music concert last week.
The California Democrat made the comment as Congress debates how — or whether — to move forward on gun control measures that would prevent another Las Vegas-like tragedy. CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson asked Feinstein if Congress could pass any law that would have stopped Stephen Paddock’s rampage.
“No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions,” said Feinstein, who noted Paddock didn’t display any of the signs one might look for in a potential shooter like a criminal record or mental illness.
But Feinstein doesn’t believe that means Congress should do nothing on gun control.
She has introduced a bill to ban “bump stocks,” the device law enforcement say allowed Paddock used to transform semi-automatic guns to fire like automatic guns. The legislation currently has 38 Democratic sponsors and no Republican sponsors, although Feinstein said some Republicans have shown interest. Last week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee said President Trump is “open” to conversations about bump stocks.
Feinstein said banning bump stocks is “one small thing” that Congress can do to take these weapon transformers out of circulation, and rejected the notion that the bill will lead to banning semi-automatic weapons or seriously restricting gun access in some other way. The bump stock ban was a part of broader assault weapons legislation many Democrats supported in 2013. That bill failed.[…]
The California senator did criticize a concealed-carry reciprocity bill currently in the Senate. That legislation would allow people who have concealed carry permits in one state to use that permit in any other state.
“Well, my opinion of that bill is it’s terrible,” she said. “We want every American to feel comfortable packing a concealed weapon around the country? I represent 40 million Californians, and I can say without hesitation Californians do not want concealed carry.”
Feinstein also pushed back on the idea that concealed carry permits are explicitly protected by the Second Amendment.
“Well, I don’t believe it’s protected by the Constitution,” Feinstein said, adding that reciprocity would only make the gun situation in America worse.