Three people who attended the Route 91 Harvest festival have filed a class action lawsuit against the maker of the device shooter Stephen Paddock used to modify semi-automatic rifles to fire at nearly the same rate as automatics.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says it's filing the lawsuit on behalf of victims to pay for counseling and other treatments.
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 lawsuit claims that the leading manufacturer of the devices misled federal authorities about their intended goal and marketed them to thrill-seeking gun enthusiasts who wanted the experience of firing a fully automatic weapon that is otherwise greatly restricted under federal law.
The heart of the case may be whether or not the plaintiffs are able to demonstrate negligence on the part of Slide Fire Solutions, which stated in a letter to the ATF that bump stocks are "intended to assist persons whose hands have limited mobility". According to gun control advocates, the device was meant to aid users who have arm mobility issues while firing a semi-automatic long gun.
The event has reignited the debate over gun control policies on Capitol Hill, with a focus on bump stocks, which are devices that can be used to simulate automatic gunfire with a semi-automatic weapon.
Support for stricter gun control measures has increased after a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in Las Vegas, according to a new survey. Automatic weapons made after May 19, 1986, are illegal to possess.
The National Rifle Association has said in the past that bump stocks should be subject to additional regulations. Bump stocks are legal under federal law.