About the bill
Semi-automatic weapons are legal in America. Automatic weapons are illegal. But what about a device that converts a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic-like firearm?
Such a device, called a bump stock, was used in the Las Vegas massacre last week. The Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, labelled S. 1916 and H.R. 3999, was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL26) within days and would ban bump stock devices.
Last week’s massacre at a country music concert in Las Vegas was the deadliest in U.S. history, killing at least 59 people.
The perpetrator used bump stocks, an add-on to a gun which “bumps” the trigger to drastically increase the number of rounds fired. With bump stocks, a gun can shoot as many as 800 …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for California. Democrat.
Last Updated: Oct 4, 2017
Length: 2 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on October 4, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
41 Cosponsors (40 Democrats, 1 Independent)
What legislators are saying
“Law Enforcement, Community Organizations Support Banning Bump Stocks”
— Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA, 1992-2023] (Sponsor) on Dec 5, 2017
“Reed Joins with Feinstein to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban”
— Sen. John F. “Jack” Reed [D-RI] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 8, 2017
Oct 4, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Dec 6, 2017
Considered by Senate Committee on the Judiciary
A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.
S. 1916 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1916. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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