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Feinstein: Regulating Bump-Stocks Won’t Close Automatic Weapons Loophole

Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement reiterating the need to ban, not regulate, bump-fire stocks:

“A bill was introduced in the House today to regulate bump-fire stocks. This bill would do nothing to close the loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be converted to machine guns. I refuse to support any bill that doesn’t ban these deadly devices—just as machine guns are banned.

“Here’s why regulation won’t work: All signs point to the Las Vegas shooter having legally purchased his weapons. That means he could have also legally purchased bump-fire stocks under this bill. So this bill would do nothing to prevent the same massacre from happening in the future.

“Congress banned automatic weapons more than 30 years ago. It should also ban new devices that turn semi-automatic weapons into machine guns. This should be a no-brainer and is the least we could do in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.”