Lawsuit Over Las Vegas Shooting
Tests Gun Industry's Immunity

By Polly Mosendz. October 10th, 2017

Last week's massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival offers gun control advocates a fresh chance to test a law, put in place by Republicans and the gun industry's lobby, that protects the industry from liability for the criminal actions of some of their customers.

Starting with a lawsuit filed late last week in Nevada state court, the effort follows similar litigation over mass killings, most notably those of 20 elementary school children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. In most cases, the plaintiffs fail to overcome the law's high bar for liability, but with the Harvest 91 Festival, where almost 60 died and more than 500 were injured, that pattern may shift.

A dozen bump stocks, which allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire with the speed of an automatic weapon, were found in gunman Stephen Paddock's 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay Resort hotel room. The complaint, which was filed in Clark County District Court and seeks class action status, alleges that Slide Fire Solutions Inc, a bump stock manufacturer, and other, unidentified makers and retailers behaved negligently in selling and producing these devices.

"This horrific assault did not occur, could not occur, and 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 complaint states. .......

Perhaps this law suit could be regarded as both predictable as well as inevitable. A key factor within this is - is a firearm actually mechanically modified to achieve the higher rate of fire - the answer of course is no it is not, thus satisfying the ATF's prerequisite. People who might have purchased this device have generally only done so to expand their recreational use of a semi auto - albeit having a generous ammunition budget! The report of the quantity of "a dozen bump stocks" in the Vegas shooting is frankly right now rather hard to swallow - reporting sensationalism?

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