A gun-control group is suing the company that produces bump stocks - devices used by the Las Vegas shooter to make his rifles fire almost as fast as machine guns - on behalf of the killer's hundreds of victims.
The suit (PDF) was filed October 6 in Clark County, Nevada, court, on behalf of concertgoers who suffered emotional distress during the October 1 shooting, report Courthouse News Service, Bloomberg News, Reuters, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a press release.
The lawsuit was filed with support from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a USA nonprofit organization that advocates gun control. It's also asking the court to award punitive damages against the leading manufacturer of bump stocks. The physical injuries are staggering, and we know the emotional injuries can be equally severe and long term.
The anti-gun group is also claiming that bump stocks reflect poorly on peaceful gun owners.
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.
Gunman Stephen Paddock, who killed himself after carrying out the attack, had a dozen bump stocks in his hotel room at the time his body was found by police. However, Slide Fire's inventor of the bump stock, in a 2016 interview with AmmoLand, Jeremiah Cottle stated later, that the bump stock was geared toward "people like me, who love full auto".
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.
One auction for a single Slide Fire brand bump stock designed for an AR-15 hasattracted 15 bids, driving the price to $830.
Slide Fire's website on Tuesday noted that it had "temporarily suspended new orders". In an unusual move, the National Rifle Association, which generally opposed all gun control, has said bump stocks should be subject to "additional regulations". Slide Fire marketed its bump stock as a military-grade accessory for civilians, and sold for $100 to $400, depending on the model.