Parkland victims sue, calling gun maker and seller complicit in massacre

Parkland victims sue, calling gun maker and seller complicit in massacre

Max Schachter, 46, sent his 14-year-old son Alex to school on Feb. 14. Alex never came home. The Parkland father has formed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Commission to find ways to make schools safer. Alex’s older brother Ryan, who also attends Douglas, survived the shooting. (Video by Mike Stocker) The families of two victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting on Wednesday sued the maker and seller of the weapon used in the rampage, claiming they should be held partially responsible for what Nikolas Cruz did with it. The parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Alex Schachter want a judge to clear the way for them to claim damages against American Outdoor Brands, formerly known as Smith & Wesson, and Sunrise Tactical Supply. The Coral Springs store is where Cruz purchased the AR-15-style weapon used in the Feb. 14 shooting spree. Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg, and Max Schachter “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,” according to the lawsuit, filed in Broward Circuit Court . Before the lawsuit can go forward, their attorneys said, judges have to clarify that gun manufacturers and sellers can be sued by victims. “A confusingly written Florida statute stands in the way,” the attorneys wrote. “If the defendants claim that [the law] entitles them to immunity from such claims, and the courts agree,” the victims will be forced to pay the gun maker’s and seller’s […]

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