Slide Fire Solutions will no longer sell bump stocks

Todd Singleton
April 21, 2018

The closure comes after months of scrutiny caused by the use of a bump stock, which enable semiautomatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, in the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern American history. Fully automatic weapons are banned in the United States.

Slide Fire did not immediately respond to a request for comment. And the posted notice asks visitors to the site to enter an email address to "stay updated on any future news".

President Donald Trump announced his administration will ban "all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns" in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida which left 17 people dead.

The devices became a focal point of the national gun control debate when they were used in October when a man carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history. According to the complaint, "this horrific assault would not and could not have occurred, with a conventional handgun, rifle, or shotgun, of the sort used by law-abiding responsible gun owners for hunting or self defense". At the moment, however, shoppers can still purchase bump stocks from Slide Fire and on firearms resale websites such as Gun Broker.

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"Whether it was our lawsuit, business realities, or the impending federal regulation against bump stocks that led to this decision, we don't know yet", Gardiner said in a statement.

Regardless of what the company does or doesn't do, Eglet said, he and his clients are continuing to pursue this case.

Slide Fire's Jeremiah Cottle, who patented the design of the bump stock, has been forced to defend it several times in court. President Trump said in February that he would ban them, but that hasn't happened yet.

The company was engaged in a years-long patent infringement battle with another manufacturer, FosTecH Outdoors, but that was settled in 2012.

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