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Feinstein: 'We need a law' on bump stocks

Feinstein: 'We need a law' on bump stocks
© Greg Nash

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinYouth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema MORE (D-Calif.) called for a law on bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre last Sunday, saying Congress has an opportunity to act on legislation. 

"We need a law. It can’t be changed by another president. Right now we’re seeing one president change actions of a president that came before him, and that would happen in this area. So we need a law, and we have an opportunity to get it," Feinstein told CBS's John Dickerson on "Face the Nation" in an interview airing on Sunday.

"And I hope that Americans will step up and say, “Enough is enough. Congress do something.” And this, we believe, is written in a way that there’s enough plain English that it would cover any type of addition that would be used to drive up the level, the rapidity, of the firing. And it would solve the problem," she continued. 

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The senator's comments come as the debate over bump stocks, which is a device that can be used to simulate automatic gunfire with a semi-automatic weapon by harnessing a semi-automatic rifle's recoil to increase its rate of fire, garners more attention. 

Stephen Paddock used the device when he opened fire on thousands of people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and leaving hundreds more injured. 

Nine Republican senators, including Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.), Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), and Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) requested in a letter that the Trump administration review the devices, while President Trump said on Thursday he would be open to legislation that would ban the device. 

Feinstein addressed calls from California Republicans to donate campaign contributions given to her from film producer Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the sexual abuse allegations against him on NBC's "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd."

"I don't know that I've received any. I'll certainly take a look, and then I'll make a decision," she said. 

Her comments come after The New York Times unearthed a slew of allegations against Weinstein on Thursday from various women including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. 

"I am really surprised that people knew these things and did nothing about it," Feinstein said.