‘Effectively turning law-abiding gun owners into felons overnight if they were not turned in or destroyed…’
(Matthew Adams, Dallas Morning News) RW Arms, a Fort-Worth, Texas, firearms dealer, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking damages after destroying 72,400 bump stocks to comply with a Trump administration order that took effect March 26, the company announced Monday.
The company filed the case under the Fifth Amendment taking clause, which prohibits the government from seizing property.
RW Arms destroyed the bump stocks on March 26, resulting in its losing millions of dollars, the company said.
Bump stocks — attachments that essentially turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns — became the focus of a political battle following the massacre on Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas where 58 people were killed by a man using rifles fitted with bump stocks.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
“Without legislation, the government was able to overturn the previous ruling on bump stocks effectively turning law-abiding gun owners into felons overnight if they were not turned in or destroyed,” RW Arms said in a statement.
The company said the lawsuit was intended “to protect our rights and the rights of our customers from being infringed any further.”
RW Arms joins retailer The Modern Sportsman, which filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington on March 28.
Slide Fire Solutions, a small company outside Abilene, was thrust into the national spotlight after it was discovered most of the bump stocks used in the Las Vegas shooting came from there.
Slide Fire closed its online store in June and referred would-be customers to RW Arms.
In December, then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed an order giving owners of the devices until March 26 to destroy or take them to an office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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