Feinstein running for reelection next year

Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Feinstein is giving her strongest hints so far that she’s going to seek a fifth full Senat

A fierce advocate for stricter gun laws and restrictions on semiautomatic weapons, Feinstein responded to the Las Vegas shooting - the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history - by calling for a ban on bump stocks, devices that allow some semiautomatic weapons to mimic an automatic weapon, which are illegal. "We need a law", she said.

She also sparked outrage in August when she said, of President Trump, "I just hope he has the ability to learn and to change, and if he does, he can be a good president". She lamented the stratified lines of debate in "a gun-happy country".

Dianne Feinstein said no laws could have prevented the Las Vegas massacre last week that took the lives of 58 people and injured more than 500. While senior congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have expressed openness in restricting the gun accessories, lawmakers are divided over whether to rely on legislation or push for an executive branch order.

The National Rifle Association last week expressed openness to banning bump stocks.

The bump stock device, which retails for around $200, causes the gun to buck back and forth, repeatedly "bumping" the trigger against the shooter's finger. Because it creates a significant rocking motion it also means that the gun is "spraying" bullets and it's hard to hit a target.


Feinstein has come under fire from liberals who argue she hasn't done enough to block President Trump's nominees as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

The Justice Democrats, a political action committee inspired by Sen. I've got things to fight for.

She was first elected in 1992 to fill a vacancy for two years, then elected four more times to full six-year Senate terms.

Seeking broader consensus, Sen. The devices were found on several of the weapons in the assailant's Las Vegas hotel room. "He passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions", she told CBS "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson.

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