RI congressman drafts gun control bill after Vegas shooting

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., questions Deputy Attorney General James Cole as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Examining Recommendations to Reform FISA Authorities, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Rhode Island congressman says he's asking President Barack Obama to withhold classified materials and briefings from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the interest of national security. Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Obama on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., in 2014. –Cliff Owen/AP Photo/File

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island congressman says he’s drafting a bill to prohibit devices that can enable a rifle to fire continuously, like an automatic weapon.

Authorities say the Las Vegas gunman had 23 guns with him at the hotel and 12 “bump stock” devices that can enable a rifle to fire continuously.

Democratic U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is asking his colleagues to co-sponsor legislation he’s working on that would prohibit the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of devices to convert a semi-automatic weapon into the near equivalent of a fully automatic machine gun.

The Sunday night rampage by Stephen Craig Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500.

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Cicilline said every tool available must be used to “address the epidemic of gun violence and prevent more mass shootings.” He circulated a letter to his colleagues Tuesday, asking for their support.

Cicilline said immediately after the shooting that Congress must do more than just hold a moment of silence. While obtaining a fully automatic weapon is extremely difficult and prohibited in some states, bump stock devices are legal and readily available online, he added.

The Republican-controlled Congress has not taken up new gun restrictions in light of recent mass killings.