Following the announcement of President Donald Trump in March to ban bump stocks that are used to make automatic firearms and weapons, the most massive bump stocks manufacturer is set to close shop. The manufacturer has announced it isn’t taking any orders and is closing its website in the coming month.
These weapons have stirred up debates in the US after the historic mass shooting that happened in October where a man used it to carry out the heinous act. Stephen Paddock was staying in a Las Vegas hotel suite where he succeeded to kill more than 55 people and injured 800 others. Among the weapons he possessed, more than ten were ‘bump stocks.’
The Slide Fire Solutions have not communicated the reasons for its closure, but they informed via their website, they will not be taking orders as from the midnight of 20th May.
After the Las Vegas shooting, a lawsuit was filed against Slide Fire Solutions by the Brady center for gun violence. It was argued that the company had violated the federal laws by transforming a semi-automatic gun into a replica of a machine gun in functionality. Co-president of Brady Center, Avery Gardiner does not support the fact that bump stocks are being sold to the general public. He is not aware why the company decided to close down but believes the cause and what their intentions are concerning their assents and patent will be known during the lawsuit.
According to the Justice Department, an amendment to the firearms regulations to classify bump stocks as a machine gun is in process. The bill would change the 2010 resolution by the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives that perceived bump stocks not to be equivalent to a machine gun and its production, sale, and use could not be controlled unless the firearms laws were changed.
The restrictions of the bump stocks gun are seen to be taken seriously by other states following suit. Rick Scott, a Republican and a governor of Florida, signed a school safety bill which included the ban on bump stocks which was followed by a lawsuit brought forward by the national rifle association. Phil Scott, the governor of Vermont, also signed a bill that included the ban on bump stocks.