Slide Fire Solutions based out of Moran, Texas has announced it is shutting down its website and will cease taking orders for the product it invented and manufactures: bump stocks.
In a statement on its website, Slide Fire said, "On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight CDT, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website.
Orders places prior to May 20th, 2018 will all be processed and shipped. We thank you for your support."
The bump stock firearm accessory gained national attention after it was utilized during a mass murder in Las Vegas last fall. A bump stock device is used to increase the firing rate of semi-automatic weapons.
Shortly after the killings, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence teamed up with Las Vegas law firm Eglet Prince to announce a class-action lawsuit against manufacturers, marketers and sellers of bump stocks; Slide Fire was included as a defendant.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gave Slide Fire the go-ahead to produce bump stocks in 2010, in light of the fact that the agency has no authority over firearm accessories. But in the aftermath of the Las Vegas murders, the NRA raised eyebrows by expressing their support in regulating bump stocks. The ATF is currently exploring options for banning the devices.
But the Gun Owners of America and other second amendment advocacy groups have opposed calls to ban the product, saying it is outside of the ATF's authority and an overreach by the government.
Jeremiah Cottle, CEO of Slide Fire and inventor of the bump stock has mostly avoided the public eye amid all of the debate, but his company has pushed back against any proposed ban.
In speaking to the media, Cottle, a retired Air Force veteran, focused on the impact on his community if his business were to close. He told The Dallas Morning News last year, that if Slide Fire had to shutter its doors, "it would hurt the whole town, the school. We pay a very large amount of property taxes. I'm one of the largest businesses in Shackelford County."