A woman who was injured in the Brooklyn subway shooting in April has filed a civil lawsuit against Glock Inc., the maker of the handgun allegedly used in the attack, and its parent company based in Austria.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Ilene Steur and her lawyers, alleges that Glock’s marketing practices in its distribution and sale of firearms have contributed to “creating and maintaining a public nuisance” and endangered the health and public safety in New York State.
Steur, 49, was on his way to work when Frank James allegedly fired at least 33 rounds from a 9mm Glock handgun on a crowded northbound N train. Twenty-nine people were injured and bullets directly injured 10 travellers.
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One of Steur’s attorneys, Sanford Rubenstein, told CNN his gunshot wounds included a fractured spine from a bullet that went through his buttocks and tore his rectum.
“(The defendants) know that as a consequence (of) the sale of Glock firearms in the civilian market, persons unfit to use these weapons have access to them,” reads the civil suit.
The legal document, released by Brooklyn-based law firm Rubenstein and Rynecki, cites James’ 12 previous arrests and years of social media content often featuring what the document describes as homophobic, misogynistic and racist rants.” filled with hate”.
“Let this trial send a message to arms manufacturers,” Rubenstein told USA TODAY.
“As new laws are enacted across our country, in my view, you will be held liable for harm to victims,” Rubenstein said. “Weapons manufacturers have a moral responsibility to work with the government to end the outrageous violence and killings that are happening in our country.”
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Last week, a federal judge in the Northern District of New York rejected arguments from gun industry groups that a 2021 state law allowing victims of gun violence to sue civil lawsuits against manufacturers or dealers of firearms was unconstitutional, CNN reported.
In February, families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting agreed to a $73 million settlement with Remington Arms, the company that made the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle used to kill 20 children. and six teachers at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December. 2012.
Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan in the Sandy Hook massacre, said the gun industry had been shielded from responsibility for its role in shootings like those in Newtown and in Brooklyn.
As of June 1, the Gun Violence Archive noted 231 mass shootings in the United States this year.