We were wondering if this was going to happen.
In the never ending conversation about gun control, the conversation about bump stocks has been pushed to front and center in the wake of the Route 91 Harvest festival massacre. Shooter Stephen Paddock had over a dozen bump stocks in his room, which allow a semi-automatic rifle to simulate automatic fire. Since the bump stocks technically do not alter the firing mechanism of the gun, they are considered legal.
According to Bloomberg, the complaint, which was filed in Clark County District Court and seeks class action status, alleges that Slide Fire Solutions Inc, a bump stock manufacturer, and other, unidentified makers and retailers behaved negligently in selling and producing these devices.
“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,” the complaint states.
The named plaintiffs include Devon Prescott, Brooke Freeman, and Tasaneeporn Upright, all residents of Nevada who represent the potential class. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as funds to pay for the victims’ counseling and treatment for emotional distress. The three are represented by the Las Vegas law firm Eglet Prince and by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Even the NRA has spoken up on the issue saying that “devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
Firearm and ammunition manufacturers are typically immune from being sued as a result of crimes that are committed with their product, however since a stock doesn’t fall into those two categories, this could turn into quite the legal battle.