Slide Fire Solutions and it’s president Jeremiah Cottle, owner of the only approved patent for bump stocks, announced on Tuesday that it would cease production. A notice on the Slide Fire website reads:
On Sunday May 20, 2018 at midnight CST, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website.
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Slide Fire did not elaborate on what would happen to their Texas manufacturing facility. According to Slide Fire’s description of their SSAR-15 MOD: “Please Note* may not be in retail packaging due to shortage.” At this time, most Slide Fire Solutions products are currently in stock.
Bump stocks have have been legal since 2010. According to a letter to Slide Fire from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, a bump stock “is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act”.
The stocks can be swapped out with existing buttstocks on many types of rifles (most commonly, the AR-15) and used to mimic the feel of full-automatic fire without the additional need of a tax stamp or costly and highly-regulated parts. But bump stocks have come under tough scrutiny after allegedly being used in a large shooting which occurred in Las Vegas in 2017.
Stocks can still be purchased by Slide Fire on their website until the self-imposed deadline and prices start at $199.95. However, current prices at some online auction sites for the stocks have risen above $600 for the product and can be expected to go even higher after the May 20th deadline.