An online gun broker in Azana Spa shooting prevails in state Supreme Court

An online gun broker in Azana Spa shooting prevails in state Supreme Court

Gun Rights

Zina Daniel Haughton was killed by her estranged husband, Radcliffe Haughton, at Azana Salon & Spa near Brookfield Square in 2012. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with an online gun seller that argued it can’t be held liable for a mass shooting committed by one of its customers. The news comes as a major disappointment to gun control advocates, who had been buoyed by a prior Court of Appeals decision that a lawsuit against Armslist LLC could go forward, the first ruling of its kind in the nation. But a 5-1 decision reversed that ruling, agreeing with Armslist and other advocates for internet sites as mere forum providers and that the website has immunity under the Communications Decency Act, and dismissed the suit. The plaintiffs had argued that the Armslist site’s functions and features are not neutral tools to assist in commerce but more a statement to criminals that "this is a safe place" for unlawful gun sales. Armslist LLC is where a man obtained the gun used to kill three people and himself at a Brookfield spa in 2012. RELATED: Should federal internet law protect gun site Armslist from liability in the Azana Spa mass shooting? Zina Daniel Haughton and two coworkers were killed when her estranged husband, Radcliffe Haughton, shot up the Azana Spa where she worked. Four others were injured, and Radcliffe Haughton fatally shot himself. Radcliffe Haughton (Photo: Brookfield Police Department) Yasmeen Daniel, personally and as administrator of her mother’s estate, sued Armslist.com, […]

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