Texas Supreme Court strikes down lawsuits against gun retailer over 2017 church mass shooting

Texas Supreme Court strikes down lawsuits against gun retailer over 2017 church mass shooting

Hero of Sutherland Springs shooting explains why he supports guns-rights rally in Virginia 00:00 00:0004:52GO LIVE Facebook Twitter Email Embed SpeedNormal Autoplay The Texas Supreme Court dismissed four lawsuits filed by survivors and the families of those killed during a 2017 mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, ruling Friday that the retailer who sold the rifle conducted the required background check on a dishonorably discharged Air Force member who later used it to gun down 26 people. Academy Sports + Outdoors cannot be sued in connection to the 2017 mass shooting under the federal Protection Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which Congress passed in 2005 to protect firearm retailers and manufacturers from certain lawsuits seeking damages arising out of the criminal conduct of third parties, according to the opinion delivered Friday by Justice Debra H. Lehrmann. On Nov. 5, 2017, Devin Kelley entered First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs wielding a Model 8500 Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle fitted with a detachable 30-round magazine. He killed 26 people and injured 20 more, according to the Texas Supreme Court ruling. SUTHERLAND SPRINGS CHURCH HERO TO SPEAK AT VIRGINIA GUN RALLY: IT’S MORE ABOUT ‘CONTROL’ THAN SAFETY Kelley had purchased the rifle, which was packaged with a 30-round magazine manufactured by Magpul Industries Corp., from an Academy store in San Antonio on April 7, 2016. As part of that sales transaction, Kelley purchased an additional Magpul 30-round magazine, sold separately. The ruling points out that Kelley reported a Colorado address […]

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