Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuit against bump stock makers

Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuit against bump stock makers

A dozen rifles fitted with bump stocks were found in the hotel suite of Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people in 11 minutes from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on October 1.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed the lawsuit on behalf of victims of the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas. "But when they marketed it to the public, they said it's because fully automatic weapons are fun", Gardiner said.

The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in state court in Clark County, Nevada, over the weekend and announced on Tuesday, accuses Slide Fire Solutions and other unnamed manufacturers of negligence leading to the infliction of emotional distress on thousands of people who witnessed or were injured in the October 1 shooting at a Las Vegas music festival. It seeks punitive damages for emotional distress inflicted on the concert goers.

According to the lawsuit, "This horrific assault did not occur, could not occur, and would not have occurred with a conventional handgun, rifle, or shotgun, of the sort used by law-abiding responsible gun owners for hunting or self-defense".

Three people who attended the Route 91 Harvest festival have filed a class action lawsuit against the maker of the device shooter Stephen Paddock used to modify semi-automatic rifles to fire at nearly the same rate as automatics. The attachment allows the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, harnessing the energy from the kickback the operator feels when the weapon fires. Gun rights group, the National Rifle Association, has expressed calls for a review of bump stocks and their regulation.

Moran, Texas-based Slide Fire did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In an interview a year ago with Ammoland.com, a shooting news website, president Jeremiah Cottle, who invented the device, said it was geared toward people who "love full auto" and either can not afford such a weapon or do not want to fill out the necessary paperwork.

The lawsuit said Paddock used a bump stock manufactured by Slide Fire and alleged the company did nothing to prevent the devices from being sold to people they were not intended for.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has previously found that the production and sale of bump stocks are legal under existing federal law. The ATF ruled in 2010 that the devices were not subject to restrictions under either the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act, laws that restrict access to machine guns and silencers. The suit alleges that the device was meant to circumvent the law.

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