Court says lawsuit can proceed against gun shop, retailer
By Chris Eger
Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project (Photo: Brady Campaign)
An Oregon court ruled that a case filed by the survivors of a woman against the gun dealers who sold her murder weapon to a straw purchaser can move forward.
Named in the suit is an Oregon pawn shop, World Pawn Exchange, and J&G Sales, an online firearms retailer, in relation to the 2013 murder of 57-year-old Kirsten Englund at a highway rest stop. As announced this week by the Brady Center, the group backing the suit on behalf of the Englund family, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael Greenlick has denied a motion filed by the defendants seeking protection under a federal law that provides protection from frivolous lawsuits.
“No one should be above the fundamental law that requires all of us to act with reasonable care, especially not businesses who sell lethal firearms to the public,” said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project. “We’re glad that Kirsten’s family will have its day in court, and we look forward to proving their case before a jury.”
The gun dealers sought to dismiss the suit under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. While Congress passed the