Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday proposed legislation that would ban “bump stock” devices for speeding the rate of gunfire, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reported that 26 other Senate Democrats joined Feinstein on the bill.
“The only reason to modify a gun is to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible,” she told reporters.
“Some have said we shouldn’t do this, we should wait, now is not the time,” Feinstein added. “When is the time going to be?”
“There is no better way to honor the 59 people that were slaughtered than to take action to prevent this from happening yet again. If not, when will we ever do it?”
Some Twitter users on Wednesday reacted to Feinstein’s measure, which comes three days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Tuesday said the man behind last weekend’s massacre in Las Vegas altered 12 guns to have a faster firing rate.
ATF officials confirmed that Stephen Paddock, 64, augmented the weapons with bump-fire stocks to make the semi-automatic weapons imitate automatic gunfire.
Paddock killed at least 59 people and wounded at least 527 more last Sunday when he opened fire on an outdoor concert.
Police ultimately found Paddock dead inside his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
A bump stock replaces a gun’s shoulder rest, with a “support step” that covers the weapon’s trigger opening.
A shooter can hold the pistol grip with one hand and push forward on the barrel with the other, while their finger comes in contact with the trigger.
This recoil causes the weapon to rock back and forth while firing, “bumping” the trigger with the wielder’s finger.
The weapon subsequently remains a legal semi-automatic as technically an individual’s finger is pulling the trigger for each round fired.