LAS VEGAS — U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after cosponsoring a bill, the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, led by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) to ban devices used to modify semi-automatic weapons so that they fire at the rate of an automatic weapon. This includes banning the use and sale of the “bump stock” device which converts semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic weapons.

“As our community continues to support one another and provide comfort to hundreds injured and the families of those murdered, I want the people of Las Vegas, and the Great State of Nevada, to know I am going to be a strong voice for common sense gun legislation in the United States Senate. Today, I am working with Senator Diane Feinstein and my colleagues in co-sponsoring legislation to end the ‘bump stocks’ loophole.

“While I understand that all of the facts are still being gathered from the tragic events on Sunday night, it is increasingly clear that this loophole allowed a single person to kill and injure hundreds of innocent people and threaten over 22,000 concert goers. It is the responsibility of Congress to protect the public safety of the American people and work in good faith to prevent the deaths of innocent Americans where it can be prevented. And it can. There is no reason for anyone to own a gun accessory that turns a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun.

“When I return to Washington, I will continue to be a strong voice in the United States Senate for common sense public safety legislation like background checks, and bills to prevent the mentally ill and terrorists from buying guns. This bill cannot fix the scars of Sunday night, but it can and must be a starting point to stop future ones from ever being inflicted.”

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