Dianne Feinstein: 'We need a law' banning bump stocks on firearms

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2017

Dianne Feinstein, the U.S. Senate's oldest member, tweeted this morning that she is running for reelection, ending the "will-she-or-won't-she" parlor game that has riveted California politics for months.

While Feinstein has been reelected by fairly comfortable margins, many speculated that she would retire due to her age. "But there's still so much work left to do, from ending gun violence, to combating climate change, to ensuring proper and affordable access to healthcare, and to giving DREAMers the chance to stay in the United States".

Feinstein said her legislation banning bump stocks had attracted "Republican interest" although the 38 co-sponsors so far were all Democrats. Kamala Harris tweeted her support for the 84-year-old Feinstein shortly after her reelection announcement.

The veteran Democrat had dodged questions about whether she would seek a fifth term, leaving her party in the nation's most populous state in limbo about whether to start grooming a possible replacement. "Right now we're seeing one president change actions of a - of a president that came before him, and that would happen in this area". The progressive group CREDO recently confronted Feinstein in her office to urge her to block Trump's judicial nominees. Kevin de León, the president pro tempore of the California State Senate, is seen as a particularly strong challenger, and there are likely to be others.

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Fewer than half of Californians say they want Feinstein to run for reelection, according to a poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California in September.

Feinstein announced the run on social media on Monday, noting her desire to keep fighting for various issues facing the country.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, meanwhile, plans to host a fundraiser for Feinstein's re-election campaign, the Los Angeles Times reported last week.

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