A maker of “bump stock” devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to behave like machine guns has been sued for its alleged role in the deadly Las Vegas shooting, reports the Wall Street Journal. The lawsuit by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and law firm Eglet Prince targets Slide Fire Solutions, a Moran, Tx.,-based company that began selling a popular bump stock in 2010. Stephen Paddock, the shooter who showered bullets over a country music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room on Oct. 1, had at least two guns equipped with bump stocks. A proposed class action filed Friday in a Clark County, Nv., state court on behalf of Route 91 Harvest music festival attendees seeks recovery of costs for their continuing mental-health treatment. The Brady Center could pursue further litigation on behalf of those injured and killed said the group’s Avery Gardiner.
The suit contends that the assault was so lethal because of a military-style arsenal the defendants manufactured, marketed and sold to the public “without any reasonable measures or safeguards.” Slide Fire is the only named defendant, but more could be added suit once more is learned about the shooter’s arsenal. Slide Fire has temporarily suspended new orders of its products. Automatic weapons are are closely regulated and rare, and can cost $20,000 each. Semiautomatic weapons typically range from $800 to $1,200, and can be adjusted with bump stocks that retail from $100 to $400, the lawsuit says. Since the shooting, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban bump stocks.