Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, one of the leading gun control advocates in Congress, conceded that no law could have stopped the Las Vegas shooter from killing nearly 60 people at a country music festival on Sept. 30.
Feinstein appeared on “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, where she discussed legislation to ban the sale of bump stocks, a gun modification that allows user to increase a weapon’s rate of fire. Republicans have expressed tentative support for the proposal, though Feinstein’s bill has no Republican cosponsors. The NRA also put out a statement Thursday expressing support for federal bump stock regulations.
Host John Dickerson then asked the senator if any law could have deterred the shooter from his deadly rampage.
“Could there have been any law passed that would’ve stopped him?” Dickerson asked.
“No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions,” Feinstein replied. She elsewhere noted that the shooter was not mentally ill and had no criminal record.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) concluded that bump stocks were not subject to regulation in 2010. The agency explained they are not properly firearms, placing them beyond the purview of federal scrutiny.
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