Gun-Control Group Sues ‘Bump Stock’ Makers, Sellers


One of the nation’s leading gun-control groups is filing a lawsuit against the makers and sellers of “bump stocks,” the devices used by the gunman in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says it’s filing the lawsuit on behalf of victims to pay for counseling and other treatments. It’s also asking the court to award punitive damages against the leading manufacturer of bump stocks.

The devices, originally intended 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. Bump stocks were found among the weapons used by Stephen Paddock as he shot from a Las Vegas casino high-rise Oct. 1, killing 58 people at a concert and wounding hundreds.



  1. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (BATFE) Division of Technology issued a ruling in 2010 stating these stocks were not in violation of the Gun Control Act of 1934, which taxed and licensed (but did not ban) the ownership of fully automatic firearms. They in no way alter the mechanical workings of the firearms, and were thus legal. BATFE has issued a statement to the effect that they will not revisit the issue.