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Las Vegas Victims File Lawsuit Against "Bump Stock" Manufacturers

Class action lawsuit representing victims goes after makers of device used by Mandalay Bay shooter.

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October 10, 2017 - 4:47 pm
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     A class action lawsuit representing the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in US history has been filed in Clark County. The impending legal proceedings will go after the manufacturers of the so-called "bump stocks". The weapon accessory was used by Stephen Paddock to transform his semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic capable firearms. 

    The lawsuit specifically calls out Slide Fire Solutions and other unnamed bump stock makers for negligently developing (and marketing) the product that assisted Paddock in killing 58 and injuring more than 500. Attorney Robert Eglet discussed the lawsuit today, and even called for a new amendment.

(Proposed Revisions to Nevada state law HERE

    The lawsuit goes into detail regarding the "misleading" marketing for the devices made by Slide Fire when they stated their intention to aid individuals with limited hand mobility. The complaint claims the company didn't prevent the bump stocks from being sold to the wrong people. The lawsuit is being filed by lawyers with Eglet Prince and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

*Below is the FAQ provided by the Brady Campaign in regards to the lawsuit and bump stocks (link to press release HERE)

 

Who is filing this lawsuit?

-Lawyers with Eglet Prince and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence have filed a lawsuit on behalf of victims of last Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

-Counsel of record are: Jonathan Lowy, of the Brady Center; Robert Eglet, Robert Adams, Aaron Ford, Erica Entsminger, of Eglet Prince.

What is the lawsuit?

-We have filed suit against Slide Fire Solutions, the creator and owner of the of the "bump stock" patent that enabled the killer to turn the country music festival into a war zone, and unnamed sellers and manufacturers of bump stocks that may have supplied the killer.

-The lawsuit is a class action on behalf of people who suffered emotional distress as a result of the incident. Lawsuits on behalf of those wounded or killed by gunfire will follow.

-This lawsuit is about the negligent sale and marketing of a product intended to circumvent and subvert federal firearms law in a manner that facilitates criminal acts, such as the massacre of October 1.

-Negligent supplying of such dangerous products not only causes foreseeable harm (such as the shooting incidents underlying this case), it unfairly tarnishes the right of all law abiding citizens to bear arms for lawful purposes, including protection, hunting, or other recreational activities.

Why doesn't the lawsuit name all of the companies you are suing?

-The lawsuit is based on the best known information, and will be amended as more information is obtained about which other companies made, marketed, and sold the bump stock devices at issue.

What is a bump stock?

-Bump stocks are after-market devices that convert semiautomatic weapons into the functional equivalent of machine guns.

When and where was this lawsuit filed?

-The lawsuit was filed in state court in Las Vegas on Friday.

Who is covered by this lawsuit?

-The class action is filed on behalf of those who attended the music festival.

How much money are you asking for?

-That will be determined at a later time, as the case progresses.

Why has the Brady Center filed this lawsuit?

-The Plaintiffs need and are entitled to be compensated and to have their injuries diagnosed and treated.

-There is a long tradition of utilizing impact litigation to force irresponsible actors to pay for the costs of their conduct, to encourage them and others to act more responsibly in the future.

What are the central arguments of the lawsuit?

-Negligence is the fundamental principle of our civil society and our civil justice system. Negligence demands that every business and person is obligated to act reasonably. The law says you can't act unreasonably to create foreseeable risk of injury to others.

-The complaint alleges that the makers and sellers of these bump stocks acted unreasonably, and dangerously, by selling a device that had one purpose – to enable people to fire more rounds of ammunition more quickly. Combined with high capacity magazines, they enabled this killer to fire about 9 rounds a second.

-The complaint alleges that the sellers of bump stocks evaded the law, and that they knew that it was likely that these devices would be used by criminals.

-The complaint alleges that if the sellers had used reasonable care, the damage would have been less, probably far less. In fact, the shooting may not have happened at all, as we've seen that mass killers tend to launch their assaults only when they're emboldened by an arsenal.

-The complaint alleges that they may be liable under Nevada law of negligence, products liability, and public nuisance.

What damages is the lawsuit seeking?

-We are seeking medical monitoring to provide medical and psychological assistance for people affected by the shooting.

-We are also seeking punitive damages, because of the defendants' egregious and dangerous actions.

How could a lawsuit like this one prevent future mass shootings?

-By holding makers and sellers of bump stocks accountable, they will be forced to internalize the costs of their conduct, and act more responsibly in the future, and it sends a message to others who are looking to skirt or subvert the law.

Does this lawsuit interfere with the second amendment?

-This lawsuit does not in any way challenge the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.

Does this lawsuit infringe on businesses' rights to sell a commodity?

-This lawsuit also does not challenge in any way the right of responsible companies to operate a business of selling guns or lawful accessories to law-abiding citizens.

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