[Ed. – This case is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.]
The man who gunned down 26 people at a Sutherland Springs church in Texas’ deadliest ever mass shooting should not have been able to buy the assault style weapon he used, but the store that sold it to him can’t be sued because a federal database failed to flag his past assault conviction, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
In a unanimous ruling, the state’s highest civil court threw out multiple lawsuits against Academy Sports + Outdoors brought by survivors and families of victims of the 2017 mass shooting.
In four lawsuits, filed in Bexar County, victims and family members accused the retailer of negligence for selling a Model 8500 Ruger AR-556, fitted with a 30-round magazine, from its San Antonio store to Devin Kelley, 26, a former airman who served a year in confinement following an assault conviction in 2012.