On Tuesday, Slide Fire Solutions, the company that first patented bump stocks, announced on its website that on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at midnight, the company will no longer accept orders and will shut down its website.

Orders placed before Sunday, May 20th will be full filled.

Screen shot of Slide Fire's website announcement

Slide Fire Solutions is facing a class-action lawsuit from Eglet Prince law firm on behalf of the Brady Campaign for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, where Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd and murdered 58 people.

Slide Fire AR-15 bump stock in the packaging
The writer’s Slide Fire stock.

Slide Fire Solutions and other manufacturers of stocks and triggers that aid in rapid firing has come under scrutiny from anti-gun groups and freedom-hating individuals. Even President Trump has made the move to completely ban bump stocks without including a grandfather clause.

Slide Fire Solutions was founded in 2010 by veteran Jeremiah Cottle. The company is in the tiny West, Texas town of Moran—population 270. It is one of the county’s biggest employers. It employees 1/10th of Moran’s population. Even the Mayor of Moran works at Slide Fire. It is rumored that Moran’s post office was on the verge of shutting down until Slide Fire kept it so busy it had to remain open.

Until March 23, 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BTAFE) has repeatedly supported its initial review of the Slide Fire bump stock. Special Agent Jill Snyder says, “Bump-fire stocks, while simulating automatic fire, do not actually alter the firearm to fire automatically, making them legal under current federal law.” The times that the bump stock’s legality came into question the BTAFE has always said that the Department of Justice has no jurisdiction to ban or restrict them and it would take an act of Congress to do so. The President has since signed an executive order directing the ATF to change the regulations regarding bump stocks and reclassify them as machine guns.

The news has made the staff at Gun Love angry, sad and anxious for gun rights and attempted gun control in the future.

Erich Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America stated,

Gun owners should be very concerned about the future of semi-automatic rifles and should not be surprised if a future anti-gun administration uses the current ATF regulations on bump stocks to declare AR-15s to be machineguns. After all, given that the proposed ATF regulations erroneously deem the bump stock firing of an AR-15 to be ‘automatic’ fire, the AR-15 thus becomes a full automatic under those circumstances. And, under federal law, at 26 U.S.C. 5845(b), any firearm that can be ‘readily restored’ or ‘converted’ to fire automatically IS a machinegun. But the danger is not merely a future threat for owners of semi-automatic rifles. If ATF’s proposed regulation goes into effect, there will be up to 500,000 bump stock owners who will instantaneously be turned into felons, because they will be in possession of an unregistered machinegun.”

We have reached out to Jeremiah but have not heard back. He has not been talking to media for a while now. We’ll update this post if he gets back to us.

To read more about the ban on bump stocks, click here.