Slide Fire Bump Stock Lawsuit

Following the horrific events that ensued in Los Vegas, NV on the 2nd of October 2017 three lawsuits have been filed against Bump Stock Manufacturer Slide Fire solutions..

bump stockDuring the 91 Harvest Festival in Los Vegas a gunman used multiple rifles equipped with the Slide Fire system to unleash a barrage of bullets on more than 20,000 country music lovers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. The resulting devastation that left 50 people dead and 400 people injured. The Shooter as of yet has left no clear motive for his actions and we may never know his true intentions. 

Thanks to the heroic efforts of good Samaritans, the military members in the crowd and the Los Vegas police department, casualties were greatly reduced and heroes were brought to light. They were able to quickly get on scene and direct people away from the gunfire and to safe areas around the festival. Good sameritans helped treat and move the wounded to vehicles to make a quick trip to the local hospitals. 

Now the surviving members of this atrocious act are bringing blame down on Slide Fire the maker of the Bump Stock system that was used to increase the shooters rate of fire.

Bump Stock and Slide Fire History

Jeremiah Cottle, inventor and President of Slide Fire®, honorably served our country via the United States Air Force for 9 years. SSgt Cottle (RET) served during both the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his retirement he founded Slide Fire Solutions and started producing the Bump Stock.

The Bump Stock is enginered around a shooting technique called bump fring, The Bump stock grants the shooter greatly controled rapid fire in that it generates a forward action force that urges the firing unit forwardly so that the triger collides with the shooting finger, the stock repeats this acton with each discharge of a spent casing.


Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA

Normally after an event such as this the victims would try and sue the firearms manufacturers and dealers. Although there has been some success in the past, the PLCAA has protected these entities from being held liable when crimes are committed.

Although the Gun manufactures and dealers are protected from prosecution, this act does not protect accessory makers. The Plaintiffs so far are suing for product liability, negligence, emotional distress, and public nuisance.

Back in 2010 after the ATF had evaluated Slide Fire Solutions Bump Stock concluding that “The company’s stock was only a firearm part and not subject to regulation under the Gun Control Act of 1968 or the National Firearms Act of 1934” In conclusion the Bump Stock was legal to sell and own without further regulation. Read Here

After the events in LV the National Rifle Association itself have called for the ATF to re-review the Bump Stocks classification stating “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”


Although it remains to be seen what the conclusion of this lawsuit will be. Maybe this lawsuit will pave the way to expand the current PLCAA to include accessory manufactures. Maybe it well hold Slide Fire Solutions Liable for a crazed mans actions. Although I don’t think that will be the case, I do believe that this legislation will be important for firearms accessory makers down the road.

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