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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Maker Of Bump Stock Used In Shooting

12 October 2017

Three victims of the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on October 1 have filed a lawsuit against several companies that manufacture and sell the bump stock devices the shooter used to carry out his crime.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Clark County District Court in Nevada; it has three named plaintiffs - all victims of the shooting - and seeks class-action status. The complaint also names other manufacturers and retailers of bump stocks.

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"Bump fire stocks, while simulating automatic fire, do not actually alter the firearm to fire automatically, making them legal under current federal law", Jill A. Snyder, ATF special agent in charge, told Bloomberg. One of Eglet's attorneys representing plaintiffs in the case is State Senator Aaron Ford. Its voicemail box was not accepting messages and the company has not commented since the shooting took place. "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

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"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 National Rifle Association has said in the past that bump stocks should be subject to additional regulations. "But when they marketed it to the public, they said it's because fully automatic weapons are fun", Gardiner said. Bump stocks are legal under federal law.

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Maker Of Bump Stock Used In Shooting