The inventor and manufacturer of the bump stock, the device used by the Las Vegas shooter last year that can simulate automatic gunfire with a semi-automatic weapon, announced it will shut down its website and stop taking orders of the accessory.
“On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight CDT, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website,” Slide Fire Solutions said in a statement on its website.
“Orders placed prior to May 20th, 2018 will all be processed and shipped. We thank you for your support.”
Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd at a music festival Oct. 1, 2017, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Authorities say Paddock used a dozen ‘bump stock’ devices during his rampage on the Las Vegas Strip.
Also known by the brand name Slide Fire, bump-fire stocks, or “bump stocks,” modify such rifles as an AR-15 to “allow it to fire in rapid succession or automatic fire,” said Sam Rabadi, a retired ATF special agent.
Last month, President Trump announced that he was directing the Justice Department to reverse a 2010 decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that classified bump stocks as firearm parts, which would allow the devices to be banned under current laws that prohibit owning fully automatic weapons.
“Obama Administration legalized bump stocks. BAD IDEA. As I promised, today the Department of Justice will issue the rule banning BUMP STOCKS with a mandated comment period,” Trump tweeted last month.
“We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”