From NBC Philadelphia,
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed the suit Monday on behalf of Lynsay Fox, claiming that In Site Firearms and its owner, a former police officer, are responsible for Fox’s death because the gun used to kill Fox was sold to a straw purchaser -- someone who buys a gun for a person who can’t purchase one themselves.
In this case, the straw purchaser, Michael Henry bought the gun for Andrew Charles Thomas, who couldn’t buy a gun on his own because of his criminal record.
"Most gun dealers are responsible business people, but unfortunately a few bad apples endanger our communities by putting profits over the lives of people, and choosing to supply the criminal gun market," said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project. He’s also serving as co-counsel for the officer’s widow. "’Bad apple' gun dealers must be held accountable for their irresponsible sales practices in order to make our communities safer," Lowy said.
Officer Brad Fox was killed -- shot in the head -- while responding to a hit-and-run call on Sept. 13, 2012. Andrew Thomas fled from the accident and Fox chased him along the Schuylkill River Trail. Thomas ambushed both Fox and his K-9 partner, Nick, and shot them both. Thomas then killed himself. The 44-year-old ex-con was on probation for forgery. He was also the No. 1 suspect in the cold case disappearance of his fiancee Maria C. Procopio, who went missing in 1999.
Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act states as it's primary purpose:
(1) To prohibit causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.
The Brady Center and Fox are challenging the Act's protections by saying In Site Firearms were not "lawfully" selling the guns due to the actions of Michael Henry, the purchaser. In 2013, Henry plead guilty and was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years for the straw purchase.
This is just another example of gun grabbers grasping for straws after decades of failure at each and every level of government. It seems they are simply too stupid to realize the American people as a whole have no interest in their fascist ideology.