One of the nation's leading gun-control groups is filing a lawsuit against the makers and sellers of "bump stocks", the devices used by the gunman in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.
Filed in Clark County District Court by The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence on behalf of three unnamed victims, the complaint alleges that Slide Fire Solutions Inc, a bump stock manufacturer, behaved negligently in producing and selling the devices, according to the AP. One of Eglet's attorneys representing plaintiffs in the case is State Senator Aaron Ford.
Before last week's massacre in Las Vegas, most Americans probably had never heard of bump stocks, which police say Stephen Paddock used to increase his rate of fire while shooting at country music fans from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations". A wide range of gun control advocates have called for more regulation over bump stocks, with even the NRA coming out and saying it supports that idea.
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The event has reignited the debate over gun control policies on Capitol Hill, with a focus on bump stocks, which are devices that can be used to simulate automatic gunfire with a semi-automatic weapon. Automatic weapons made after May 19, 1986, are illegal to possess. Bump stocks are legal under federal law. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was enacted in 2005, protecting gunmakers and dealers from being held liable whenever a crime is committed with a firearm.
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.