Lawsuit seeks to prevent release of bump stock buyback participants’ names

A federal court lawsuit has been filed seeking to prevent the state of Washington from disclosing the names of those who participated in the state’s buyback program for bump stocks.

The device enhances the rate of fire of some semiautomatic firearms and was used to kill 58 people and wound more than 400 at a concert in Las Vegas in 2017. Bump stocks are now illegal in Washington.

The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary restraining order were filed Friday in federal court in Tacoma.

The lawsuit seeks to block a series of public-disclosure requests filed with the State Patrol seeking the identities of the 324 people who were paid $150 each for up to five bump stocks.

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