>> Victims of the Las Vegas massacre targeting shooter Stephen Paddock's estate in Nevada State Court this week, filing the kind of lawsuits that in most mass shooting cases often win little or no damages. But this one could be different as the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man.
Most of the time, there are few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out mass shootings. However, 64 year old Paddock is thought to have had gambling winnings and multi million dollar investments and buildings across Texas and California. In addition to those assets, one legal expert's saying that any money Paddock gave away just before the shooting, like the $100,000 he reportedly sent to his girlfriend in the Philippines, might also be clawed back.
Victims and their families face a much more difficult battle suing the hotel and music festival where the shooting rampage took place. One plaintiff who was wounded in the shooting has sued Paddock as well as Mandalay Bay owner, MGM Resorts International, event organizer Live Nation Entertainment and Slide Fire Solution, the maker of the bump stock gun accessories Paddock used in the shooting.
Legal expert say it's especially hard to hold firearms manufacturer's responsible for mass shootings. Federal law specifically protects the makers of guns and ammunition from liability for the criminal use of their products.>> Members, please take their seats.>> The bump stock debate already at a standstill. The Washington Post reporting that House Speaker Paul Ryan, along with other Congressional Republicans, backed away from legislation to ban the devices, saying the ATF should regulate bump stocks.
But in a letter to Congress current and former ATF agents said it is Congress that has to take action, saying that under the law the ATF does not have the authority to do so.