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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 01:19 PM

Walmart and other retailers face a new front on gun sales: Lawsuits

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Source: CBS News

Although the recent mass shootings at Walmart stores in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, have renewed calls for retailers to stop selling firearms, some people tragically affected by gun violence are taking matters into their own hands by suing.

"Retail sellers are facing serious issues of liability exposure," said Timothy Lytton, a law professor at Georgia State University and author of a book about litigation against the gun industry. "We're likely to see a stream of lawsuits in the wake of these mass shootings."

This shift in the legal environment around the manufacturing and sale of guns is occurring even as lawmakers and the Trump administration remain paralyzed over gun control. In 2005, Congress passed a bill that protected gun manufacturers and sellers from being held liable for injuries deaths inflicted by their products. Yet there are exceptions in cases where the sale violates state or federal law.

As a result, experts say suits against retailers represent a new front against guns, with attorneys finding a more winnable argument: namely, retailers can be held liable for selling a gun to a person they should have known was purchasing the weapon for someone else.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/walmart-and-other-retailers-face-a-new-front-on-gun-sales-lawsuits/

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 01:27 PM

1. Good. Make people who profit off gunz pay. They've helped promote more gunz in more places.

You have to wonder how many rifles -- like the one used at Sandy Hook -- were sold with ad campaigns like this:

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 02:06 PM

2. I would think all those

folks who were killed or injured would have legal recourse against WalMart and the Building owners for not making their place safe from any violence. Or are they settling out of court and sealing those settlements?

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 02:39 PM

3. Ultimately it's a matter of money.

Not lives.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 02:41 PM

4. You'll see lawsuits until the NRA tells the party to ban gun related civil lawsuits.

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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 03:39 PM

5. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

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