Support for stricter gun control legislation increases after Las Vegas shooting

William Mc Curdy II. Jason Ogulnik  Las Vegas Review-Journal

William Mc Curdy II. Jason Ogulnik Las Vegas Review-Journal

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 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.

Bloomberg reports that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Vegas law firm of Eglet Prince have filed suit against bump stock manufacturer Slide Fire Solutions and other unspecified manufacturers and retailers on behalf of Devon Prescott, Brooke Freeman, and Tasaneeporn Upright, seeking damages as well as funds to pay for counseling and treatment for emotional distress. Bump stocks were found among the weapons used by Stephen Paddock as he shot from a Las Vegas casino high-rise October 1, killing 58 people at a concert and wounding hundreds. "The NRA believes that devices created to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

Victims of the Las Vegas shooting, in which 58 people died and more than 500 were injured, have sued a company that manufactures bump fire stocks, a mechanism that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire at the rate of an automatic weapon, over allegations of negligence. A wide range of gun control advocates have called for more regulation over bump stocks, with even the NRA coming out and saying it supports that idea.

According to the poll, 79 percent support banning bump fire stocks. The ATF ruled in 2010 that the devices were not subject to restrictions under either the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act, laws that restrict access to machine guns and silencers.

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