Suits Against Gun Seller Tied to Kansas Business Shootings Settled for $2M

April 22, 2019

The families of victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas business in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a pawn shop that sold the firearms to the shooter’s girlfriend.

The settlement of three lawsuits in Harvey County District Court was announced by Brady, a national center against gun violence.

Brady attorneys represented the wife and young son of one of three people shot to death at the Excel Industries factory in Hesston. Fourteen people also were wounded.

The victims’ families argued that the now-defunct A Pawn Shop should have known that shooter Cedric Ford’s girlfriend was a straw buyer. He was a convicted felon barred from possessing the firearms.

An attorney for the pawn shop did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:54 pm
    SAK74 says:
    What evidence was there that showed the pawn shop knew or should have known the girlfriend was a straw buyer? I was researching the article but have been unable to find anyth... read more
  • April 25, 2019 at 9:01 am
    HillaRedacted Email says:
    Some plaintiff attorneys estimate the costs of defending such cases and ask for a similar or slightly higher settlement AFTER demanding a huge initial amount; i.e. a gambit pl... read more
  • April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    Jax Agent says:
    "Should have known" pathetic. That's the argument you go to when you got nothing else at all period. If it weren't for the costs involved, I'm sure the insurance compa... read more

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