Survivors of the July 4th parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, have filed a lawsuit against Smith & Wesson, an online gun retailer, and an Illinois gun dealer.
The suit was filed by the Brady Campaign, formerly Handgun Control, Inc., and Edelson PC.
“Survivors of the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade mass shooting have sued Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun dealer Red Dot Arms, the shooter and the shooter’s father.” USA today‘s Nick Penzenstadler tweeted.
JUST IN: – Survivors of the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade mass shooting have sued Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun dealer Red Dot Arms, the shooter and the shooter’s father.
— Nick Penzenstadler (@npenzenstadler) 28 September 2022
Brady issued a press release that said:
The lawsuit seeks to hold Smith & Wesson liable for illegal marketing and advertising of its M&P 15 assault rifle — the rifle used by the gunman who opened fire at Highland Park’s Independence Day Parade. The complaint alleges that Smith & Wesson’s marketing campaigns specifically targeted youth who are attracted to the risk-taking associated with militaristic weapons and combat missions.”
“They are filing this lawsuit to stop the deliberate, irresponsible and illegal design and marketing of weapons of war that we read about time and again that are destroying communities across the country.” Our Erin Davis on our lawsuit on behalf of the Highland Park victims. pic.twitter.com/KG3O1ReUKw
— Brady | United Against Gun Violence (@bradybuzz) 28 September 2022
The lead plaintiff in the case is Elizabeth (Liz) Turnipseed, “who was shot while standing along the Highland Park Independence Day Parade route with her three-year-old daughter and husband.”
Commenting on the lawsuit, Edelson partner Ari Scharg said, “Liz and the other victims now have a historic opportunity to hold one of the most powerful and profitable gun companies accountable for inspiring generations of mass shooters. We have all the energy in the world for this fight. “
The thing is Turnipseed v. Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., No. 22LA00000497, in the Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois, County Department, Law Division.
Such lawsuits face an uphill battle because of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act (PLCAA), which was signed into law in 2005. The PLCAA protects gun companies from frivolous lawsuits involving firearms that were legally manufactured and legally sold.
However, Sandy Hook families sued Remington, parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, after the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Remington’s insurers agreed to a $73 million settlement with the families, NPR reported.
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