Lawsuit filed against bump stock makers on behalf of Las Vegas victims

A bump stock device made by Slide Fire fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed making it similar to a fully automatic rifle

A bump stock device made by Slide Fire fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed making it similar to a fully automatic rifle

Plaintiff Devon Prescott and two others name the maker of the bump stock device, Slide Fire Solutions of Moran, Texas, and other unidentified manufacturers, as defendants. The gunman was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock who opened fire on the Las Vegas strip from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and killed 58 and wounded over 500 people who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

One auction for a single Slide Fire brand bump stock designed for an AR-15 hasattracted 15 bids, driving the price to $830.

"The only way the plaintiffs can survive is if the court accepts the idea that a bump stock accessory is not covered under the U.S. Congress' components parts definition", Lytton said, adding that the lawsuit did not present novel legal arguments.

The complaint, which could lead to a class action suit, states that the "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".

Based on reports, in the October 1 Las Vegas mass shooting, the number of lives lost and people injured and emotionally traumatized in 11 minutes - a mere 660 seconds in which bullets hailed down upon them - resulted from the shooter using "bump stock" devices.

The complaint accused Slide Fire of misleadingly marketing its bump stocks as meant to aid people with limited hand mobility, allowing them to sell the product under federal law. The complaint alleges that Slide Fire grossed more than $10 million in sales of bump stocks in 2010. Moreover, under federal law, bump stocks are not banned even if it lets a weapon fire at the same rate as a machine gun without converting it into an automatic firearm.

"Paddock could not have injured so many people without a bump stock", the suit says, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says it's filing the lawsuit on behalf of victims to pay for counseling and other treatments.

They also asked the court to approve a supervised program of psychological monitoring for everyone affected by the shooting at the expense of Slide Fire.

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