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Guns don't kill people, Gun manufacturers do

The Brady Center is filing yet another lawsuit against gun makers, only this one is causing commotion since the judge has allowed the case to proceed on “hypothetical facts”. The case revolves around the inventory fiasco of a reseller, Bull’s Eye Shooter Supply, that sold Bushmaster rifles, one of which eventually fell into the hands of the suspect D.C. snipers, John Malvo and John Muhammad. From the text of Judge Cuthbert’s response to the claim:

“In the present case, assuming the facts and hypothetical facts presented by plaintiffs as true,” he wrote [emphasis added], “Bushmaster Firearms, Inc., knew or should have known that Bull’s Eye Shooter Supply was operating its store in a reckless or incompetent manner, creating an unreasonable risk of harm.”

The case is a slippery legal slope, if the plaintiff wins, it would require gun manufacturers to closely scrutinize the inventory practices of resellers and to be accountable for every screw-up they make. Then again, that’s exactly what the Brady Center is pushing for.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at July 2, 2003 11:40 AM