Gun Retailer Sued by Families of Texas Church Shooting Victims

March 4, 2019

Family members of victims of a Texas church shooting are suing a sporting goods chain that sold the weapons used in the 2017 massacre.

The lawsuit filed in state district court in San Antonio alleges Academy Sports & Outdoors illegally sold the assault-style rifle, high-capacity magazine and ammunition to Devin Kelley. It argues Kelley shouldn’t have been able buy the firearm from the New Braunfels, Texas, store because he showed an ID from Colorado, which prohibits the sale of high-capacity weapons.

Kelley used the weapons to kill more than two dozen people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Each family seeks $1 million in damages.

Some families have also separately sued the U.S. Air Force for failing to report Kelley’s past crimes to a federal database.

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  • November 16, 2019 at 6:06 am
    Billy Dickson says:
    What if this man who shot all those innocent people would have purchased a Ford pickup and had just ran over everyone/ Would the families be suing the Ford Motor Company?
  • March 5, 2019 at 8:40 am
    retired risk manager says:
    "Extreme background check" ?? And a "reason" why the gun is necessary? Sorry, your liberal anti-gun biases are on display. The buyer passed a federal background check. Not the... read more
  • March 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    mrbob says:
    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I am not aware of a federal law that would make the retailer responsible for a transfer that does not comply with another sta... read more

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