Bump stock demand ‘overwhelming’
One of the few vendors still selling bump stocks said Tuesday demand has been “overwhelming” since the Las Vegas shooting.
Conservative Armory — an online retailer offering bump stocks for AR-15s and AR-47s for $229 — said customers placed nearly 100 orders for the modification devices Oct. 3 after a lone gunman rained bullets down into a crowded country music festival from a high rise hotel on the Las Vegas strip two days earlier, killing 58 and wounding 489 others.
“Before this shooting we mostly received inquiry emails from enthusiasts about the bump stocks,” Benjamin Roberts, managing director of Conservative Armory, told Guns.com Tuesday. “Put it this way, we’ve sold more in the past 10 days than we have this year.”
Bump stocks, legal devices that mimic automatic gunfire, made headlines last week after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed 12 of the modifiers were found in 64-year-old Stephen Paddock’s two-room suite on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and Casino.
Typically retailing for as little $99, major retailers — including Walmart and Cabela’s — pulled the devices from shelves in the days after the shooting. SlideFire Solutions, a Texas-based bump stock manufacturer, temporarily halted new orders. Requests for comment from all three companies went unanswered last week.