Las Vegas Shooting Victims Sue Bump Stock Manufacturer

William Mc Curdy II. Jason Ogulnik  Las Vegas Review-Journal

William Mc Curdy II. Jason Ogulnik Las Vegas Review-Journal

One of the nation's leading gun-control groups has filed 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.

The law firms filing the suit are the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Las Vegas law firm of Eglet Prince. The lawsuit has the potential to become a class action.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at prohibiting bump fire stocks - devices used by the Las Vegas shooter to enable his weapons to fire faster.

"Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions", the NRA said last Thursday, "the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law". The lawsuit claims that the leading manufacturer of the devices misled federal authorities about their intended objective and marketed them to thrill-seeking gun enthusiasts who wanted the experience of firing a fully automatic weapon that is otherwise greatly restricted under federal law. Even the National Rifle Association has said new restrictions on bump stocks may be appropriate.

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". Gun control advocates have decried the NRA's position as a distraction from addressing wider issues related to gun control. The complaint also names other manufacturers and retailers of bump stocks. Bump stocks are legal under federal law.