Parkland families sue gun manufacturer and dealer, citing complicity

Parkland families sue gun manufacturer and dealer, citing complicity

MIAMI — The families of two students killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida , are filing lawsuits against the gun manufacturer and seller of the weapon used in the massacre. The parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Max Schacter say that American Outdoor Brands, the company that makes the AR-15 assault rifle used by the suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, and Sunrise Tactical Supply, the store that sold it to him, are complicit in the attack that killed 14 students and three teachers. The store in Coral Gables, Florida, where it is believed Nikolas Cruz allegedly purchased the assault rifle used to commit the Stoneman Douglas shooting massacre. “The Guttenbergs and Schachters seek to hold defendants legally responsible for their complicity in the entirely foreseeable, deadly use of the assault-style weapons that they place on the market,” reads one portion of the lawsuit. It’s the first lawsuit filed in Florida since the Feb. 14 shooting that specifically targets the gun industry as a whole. “We need to change history when it relates to guns, and we need to make gun makers responsible,” said Guttenberg’s father, Fred, at a news conference in Miami. “We need to make sure they don’t end up in hands of people who will kill innocents.” The main purpose of the lawsuit is to challenge a 2001 Florida law prohibiting state and local governments from suing gun sellers in the event that their merchandise is used unlawfully. “Now we wait for the [Florida] attorney general and […]

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