Nevada Supreme Court rules for gun manufacturers in 1 October shooting lawsuit

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday rejected arguments in the case of a Route 91 Harvest competition sufferer, ruling that gun manufacturers and distributors will not be accountable for the actions of the shooter.

The property of Carrie Parsons sued, alleging that the manufacturers of the AR-15 assault rifle knew the weapon might be simply modified — successfully transformed into an computerized weapon with the usage of a bump stock. That declare, in addition to protections in Nevada regulation for gun manufacturers, had been the principle points in the lawsuit.

The AR-15 was certainly one of many weapons used in the assault that left Parsons and 57 others useless on the nation music competition on the Las Vegas Strip the evening of Oct. 1, 2017. The deaths of two extra victims have been attributed to the shooting, bringing the loss of life toll to 60.

Justice Kristina Pickering, writing the unanimous choice of the courtroom, stated Nevada regulation’s protections for gun makers stand as a result of the deaths weren’t the results of a producing defect.

Colt, the company that makes the AR-15, was sued together with greater than a dozen different defendants.

“We hold that NRS 41.131 provides the gun companies immunity from the wrongful death and negligence per se claims asserted against them under Nevada law in this case,” Pickering wrote in Thursday’s ruling.

“We in no way underestimate the profound public policy issues presented or the horrific tragedy the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting inflicted. But this is an area the Legislature has occupied extensively,” Pickering wrote.

“If civil liability is to be imposed against firearm manufacturers and distributors in the position of the gun companies in this case, that decision is for the Legislature, not this court,” she wrote.

(*1*) Pickering wrote.

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