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Klobuchar: Bump Stock Legislation Necessary After Vegas Massacre

(MSNBC's "Morning Joe")

By    |   Friday, 06 October 2017 01:24 PM

The growing discussion about banning bump stock devices is one of the first times Republicans have been open to talking about any kind of restrictions to gun ownership, and it's important to keep the discussion going, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday.

"Action is necessary here," the Minnesota Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I think it's very important to have this discussion and to pass something."

The devices, which are used to allow a semi-automatic weapon fire rapidly like a fully-automatic rifle, have come under public scrutiny after it was discovered that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used the devices in his attack on a country music concert on Sunday.

"The guy had a dozen of them in a hotel room, — and by the way, none of those innocent people, over 500 injured,  58 killed, — could have protected themselves by shooting up to a 32nd floor hotel room," said Klobuchar. "There are a number of us, including some Republicans who have supported sensible background checks and banning things like bump stocks. I'm hopeful we'll be able to take action."

Banning the devices would be an opening, and then potentially lawmakers could look at revisiting background check laws, which have become a gun show loophole, she said.

"I think at this point when you have 58 people dead with funerals this week, the thought that people are looking for a political win when the vast majority of people in this country want some sensible background checks, I don't think that's how they should be looking at it," said the senator. "I think they should be looking at how can we get support to take action so this doesn't happen again that someone can be in a hotel room shooting down at a concert and killing innocent people."

In other news, Klobuchar said she plans to introduce legislation forcing tech companies like Facebook or Twitter to disclose details on who buys political ads.

"We have multiple intelligence agencies, U.S. Intelligence agencies, saying that Russia tried to interfere in the election," she said. "We now know that they purchased 3,000 Facebook ads and probably a lot more in other online platforms for $100,000 in rubles. And under American law, there is no way they have to register the ads or there's no proof that they existed."

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The growing discussion about banning bump stock devices is one of the first times Republicans have been open to talking about any kind of restrictions to gun ownership, and it's important to keep the discussion going, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday.
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