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After Florida shooting, Texas Sen. John Cornyn plans to talk gun policy with a leading Democrat

TEXAS TRIBUNE – Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said on Thursday that he wanted to sit down with one of the leading Senate Democrats to talk gun policy in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a South Florida high school. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, brought the issue to the fore. “Let’s take some action,” she said. “We cannot see this continue on.” She then mentioned two areas where compromise might be reached. The first was a “Fix NICS” bill that Cornyn sponsored last fall to upgrade and hold government agencies accountable for the implementation of background checks when purchasing firearms. The second was related to bump stocks, which are legal firearm enhancements that allow shooters to operate firearms as if they were automatic weapons. Several Texans said last fall that they would consider banning bump stocks after the devices were found on the guns of the man who shot dozens on the Las Vegas strip. No law has since passed. “Nobody likes these devices. You can’t have automatic weapons on the streets,” Feinstein said. “It’s easy to fix. Why don’t we do it?” The committee chairman, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, replied: “It’s my understanding, and Sen. Cornyn brought this up to me, that the three of us are going to sit down and talk about this. Is that right?” Feinstein said she would “love” such a meeting. Cornyn replied, “I offered to buy lunch — or breakfast.”

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