More people have come forward seeking legal damages as a result of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas.
Filed in Wednesday in Clark County District Court by a Chicago-based law firm on behalf of 14 victims of the October shooting, including several who reside in Illinois, the plaintiffs are looking to hold numerous defendants liable including the maker and distributors of a popular line of bump stock devices.
“Bump stocks are supposed to be made and sold to people who either have handicaps or disabilities and being unable to be able to shoot a gun as normal people would be able to, one without a handicap or disability,” said Antonio Romanucci, the attorney in the case. “Stephen Paddock used his bump stock to turn his gun from a semi-automatic weapon where each finger pull would result in the discharge of a bullet, whereas one finger pull would discharge hundreds of rounds over a period of minutes. So, this bump stock was used in a manner in which it was not intended to be used.”
Texas-based Slide Fire Solutions, the bump fire stock maker also named in a lawsuit filed last month by the Brady Center who is representing three other victims of the shooting, is a defendant in the case. The company bills itself as the “sole patent holder of bump fire technology.”
Since the Route 91 shooting, Slide Fire has had to halt production periodically to keep up with increased demand for their products as state and federal legislation has been filed to ban the aftermarket accessories. Earlier this month, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed a bump stock ban into law, joining California and New York who already prohibit the devices.
Also named in the suit this week are MGM Resorts– owner of Mandalay Bay, the hotel where the shooter set up his 32nd-floor position– and promoter Live Nation, who hosted the concert venue.