Parents of Woman Killed in NV Massacre Sue Gun Makers

Fresh off a victory against the Bushmaster gun firm in Connecticut, attorneys for victims of the Newtown school shooting sued companies whose assault rifles were used by a Las Vegas gunman in 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Musical Festival, Courthouse News Service reports. James and Ann-Marie Parsons, a Washington couple whose daughter Carrie was among the 58 people killed, filed the wrongful-death suit Wednesday in Nevada. “Someone has to stand up and tell gun companies that making a gun that can be so easily modified into a machine gun is not OK,” Ann-Marie Parsons said. “They need to know that they will be held accountable for their profiteering and for the devastation they wreak on innocent victims and their families.”

On Oct. 1, 2017, Steven Paddock used a dozen modified AR-15s to fire 1,049 rounds at concertgoers from his hotel suite. He killed himself before authorities could apprehend him. The Parsons’ daughter Carrie was 31 and planning her wedding when she was shot. Josh Koskoff, the Parsons’ attorney, said federal law prohibits weapons designed for automatic fire, including guns that can be modified to fire automatically. Naming Colt Manufacturing and seven other companies, the lawsuit alleges that gunmakers were aware of the ease with which users can engage the automatic capacity of the weapon through shooting techniques, simple toolwork or modifications, including the bump stocks used by Paddock. Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said the lawsuit has “no legal merit,” calling it “a textbook example” of why Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005. “The responsibility for the crimes committed on that tragic night in Las Vegas rest with the criminal who committed the violent and reprehensible acts,” he said. “It is wrong to blame the manufacturers of legal, non-defective products … for the actions of a madman.”

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