SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— U.S. Senator from California Dianne Feinstein opened a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Wednesday by playing a video that showed how a simple off-the-shelf device attached to a semi-automatic weapon can make it fire like a fully-automatic shotgun.
She called for a new assault weapons ban to reduce gun violence that has increased since the federal law expired in 2004. Her comments came during an often emotional committee hearing.
“Since 1982 there have been at least 62 mass shootings across the United States,” Feinstein said.
Among the witnesses were Neil Heslin who recalled dropping off his six-year-old son at Sandy Hook Elementary in December.