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Gun control group sues 'bump stock' makers over Las Vegas shooting massacre

Gun control group sues 'bump stock' makers over Las Vegas shooting massacre”

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed the lawsuit on behalf of victims of the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas.

And the larger issue of increased gun control legislation will surely draw the expected lines in the congressional sand between the generally more conservative Republicans who tend to favor the NRA and oppose new gun regulations, and more liberal Democrats who have long called for increased background checks and in some cases banning semi-automatic weapons altogether.

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 us history.

A gun control debate in Congress has focused mainly on bump stocks, which were used by Stephen Paddock, who equipped some semi-automatic rifles with the devices before opening fire from his Mandalay Bay suite and into a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest country music concert.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the suit was filed in Clark County court on behalf of everyone who attended the festival.

The assault "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", the lawsuit alleges. The Nevada plaintiffs are seeking unspecified punitive damages.

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.

Efforts to reach Slide Fire Solutions, which is based in Moran, Texas, were unsuccessful Tuesday.

One other company makes them.

The devices, originally meant to help people with disabilities, replace the stock and pistol grip of a semi-automatic rifle and allow the weapon to fire continuously, mimicking a fully automatic firearm.

Michael McIntyre, general manager at Gun Central, said they have sold one bump stock since the tragedy in Las Vegas and only had three in stock.

Fostech did not return messages from CNNMoney.

Slide Fire said it has suspended new orders "to provide the best service with those already placed".

Shooting instructor Frankie McRae illustrates the grip on an AR-15 rifle fitted with a "bump stock" at his 37 PSR Gun Club in Bunnlevel, N.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Anna Perez, a local gun control advocate, said she is a gun owner but believes bump stocks need to be banned.

Even the NRA appears to be on board with at least a review of bump stocks and has issued a statement it "believes that devices created to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".



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