Texas-based bump stocks manufacturer to halt orders, shut down website

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MORAN, Texas (KETK) — A Texas-based bump stocks manufacturer will halt orders and is shutting down their website at the end of May.

According to Slide Fire, located in Moran, about 40 miles east of Abilene, at midnight CST on Sunday, May 20, 2018, the company will cease orders and the website will no longer exist.

The company, whose founder invented the bump stock, says orders placed prior to May 20, will be processed and shipped. 

The decision comes after the company received backlash following a mass shooting on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, carried out by Stephen Paddock, 64, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Police say 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured. Paddock then turned the gun on himself.

Paddock was in the possession of 12 rifles with mounted bump stocks when he fired from his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, law enforcement says.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence sued Slide Fire just days after the shooting saying the company was negligent in developing and marketing bump stocks to the general public without any reasonable restrictions, according to CNN. The case is still pending in federal district court in Nevada.

Jeremiah Cottle, inventor and president of Slide Fire, served in the United States Air Force for nine years.

“Patented stocks from Slide Fire Solutions have revolutionized recreational shooting by allowing for a whole new method of fire,” according to the company. “Engineered around the historical technique of bump firing, our stock grants shooters the freedom of controlled rapid fire without compromising the safety of themselves or others around them.”

Last month, the Trump administration took the first step to ban bump stocks. According to NBC News, the Justice Department’s regulation would classify the hardware as a machine gun banned under federal law.

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