A lawsuit representing the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting victims was filed against the bump stock manufacturing company, Slide Fire Solutions, for the attachment that was used in the shooting.
About the Lawsuit
The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in state court in Clark County, Nevada, over the weekend and announced Oct. 10, accused these companies of negligence leading to the infliction of emotional distress on the people who either witnessed or were injured in the Las Vegas Shooting, which has now been called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The lawsuit was brought into fruition by three Nevada residents who attended the festival, but it does not involve the injuries that hundreds of people suffered from the shooting, nor the families of the 58 people who were killed.
Other support in filing the lawsuit also came from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a U.S. nonprofit organization that advocates gun control. The lawsuit read that the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, used a bump stock manufactured by Slide Fire and alleged that the company did nothing to prevent the devices from being sold to people that did not need them.
The complaint accused the Texas-based company of misleadingly marketing its bump stocks as a way of aiding people with limited hand mobility, which allegedly allowed them to sell the product under federal law.
What’s A Bump Stock?
A bump stock is defined as an attachment that replaces the standard stock of the rifle, which is the part of the gun that is held against the shoulder while firing.
When attached, it lets the gun freely move back and forth, harnessing the energy from the recoil a user would typically deal with, and allow them to fire at a faster rate as the rifle sways against the user’s shoulder and trigger finger.
Are They Illegal?
“The classification of these devices depends on whether they mechanically alter the function of the firearm to fire fully automatic,” Jill Snyder, a special agent in charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said at a news conference in Las Vegas last Tuesday.
“Bump-fire stocks, while simulating automatic fire, do not actually alter the firearm to fire automatically, making them legal under current federal law.”
What’s To Come?
The lawsuit mentioned that the company acted with fraud, oppression and malice toward plaintiffs and had showed an intention and willingness to injure people. The Nevada plaintiffs are seeking unspecified punitive damages.
They also asked the court to approve a supervised program of psychological monitoring for everyone affected by the shooting at the expense of the company.
At this time, Slide Fire have not responded for comment.
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