Welcome back to the 34th installment of my blog, in which I don’t claim to be an expert, in fact the opposite. I’m a new user to the AR platform and want to share my findings and experiences as I go through and build rifles as well as being the Operations Manager at Tyrant Designs.
I’m assuming that if you are subscribed to my blog then you most likely know what a bump fire stock is. However, there are many people who have never heard of them prior to the Las Vegas tragedy that are now suddenly self proclaimed "experts." For those who aren't well versed in the operations of a bump fire stock, it essentially allows a semi automatic rifle to have the rapid firing capabilities similar to an automatic rifle. It uses the recoil of the rifle to maneuver back and forth while the shooters trigger finger is stationary.
I’m not here to give my opinion on whether or not I think they should be legal, an NFA item, or plain illegal. I’ll leave that up to all the “experts” out there that make decisions for the masses (Cory writes in a sarcastic tone). But I thought I’d drop some recent news that has happened in the wake of the Las Vegas shootings.
Slide Fire is getting Sued
There are 3 different plaintiffs named in a lawsuit against Slide Fire , which is the company that makes the bump fire stock. They are suing for product liability, emotional distress, and negligence. Since the shooting Slide Fire has stopped all sales on their website.
Even the NRA announced that they support a review of the bump fire stock to see if the product coincides with all the applicable federal laws. I’m no legal expert, but from what I can gather the ATF can not ban bump fire stocks without congress.
Rick Vasquez was an analyst in the ATF circa 2010. He worked in the Firearms Technology Branch and his job was to review firearms devices. In 2010, Vasquez reviewed this stock made by Slide Fire and concluded the stock held up to all legal precedents and was giving the green light. Recently, Vasquez was interviewed after the mass shooting in Las Vegas and he still upheld that he and his team made a correct decision when evaluating the legality of the stock.
Regardless of whether it becomes illegal or not, what happened in Las Vegas is a travesty and to me is deeply concerning. How can a person have the ability and courage to carry out such an act? Would he have been as confident if gun laws weren't as strict and he knew that the majority of his fellow man (and maybe neighbors) were also armed?
Do you think the stock should be legal? An NFA item? Or illegal? Speak to me in the comments below!