Abilene area bump stocks inventor, manufacturer to halt orders, shut down website

Bump stock maker to shut down web site stop taking orders

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.

Moran, Texas-based Slide Fire will execute all orders given prior to May 20, it said in a statement on its website.

The biggest manufacturer of the bump stock device has announced it will no longer offer the firearm accessory created to transform a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic weapon.

"We will BAN all devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns".

The company, who holds itself as the "sole patent holder of bump fire technology" with numerous patents registered, is a defendant in numerous lawsuits over the use of bump fire stocks at the Route 91 Harvest shooting last October that left 58 dead and some 850 others injured. "These devices convert an otherwise semiautomatic firearm into a machine gun", the notice states. "With limited exceptions, primarily as to government agencies, the (Gun Control Act of 1968) makes it unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machine gun".


Several lawmakers had proposed a ban on the devices in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. A far-reaching school safety bill signed last month by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, included a bump stocks ban and was immediately met with a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association.

Bump stocks were invented by Slide Fire's founder, Jeremiah Cottle.

The inventor and biggest manufacturer of the controversial bump stock firearm accessory has announced it is shutting down its business and will no longer be taking orders next month. But the success story soured after the Vegas shooting, when media reports described Cottle as looking distressed.

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says Wednesday that bump stocks shouldn't be available for sale to the public.

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