Ammo Retailers Sued by Parents of Aurora Shooting Victim

In July 2012, James Holmes set off tear gas in an Aurora movie theater, then fired into the crowd using multiple weapons. He killed 12 people and injured 70 more. Holmes is currently awaiting trial on more than 150 criminal charges.

One victim’s parents have decided to sue the online retailers who sold ammo to the shooter, arguing that their negligence allowed the rampage to take place.

The lawsuit alleges that one online retailer sold Holmes more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition before the shooting. Other vendors named in the suit provided body armor, tear gas canisters and even more ammunition that Holmes used during the attack.

The suit alleges that the retailers’ negligence allowed a “crazed, homicidal killer … to amass a military arsenal, without showing his face or answering a single question.” The victim’s parents argue that that negligence directly contributed to the deaths in Aurora.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is supporting the couple’s lawsuit:

“If businesses choose to sell military-grade equipment online, they must screen purchasers to prevent arming people like James Holmes,” they said in a recent statement.

Online retailers are supposed to make sure that customers who purchase ammunition are of age and meet the federal criteria for gun ownership. This case will hinge on whether or not a judge believes the businesses had an obligation to do more.

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[Did You Know: Neither state nor federal law prohibits online ammunition sales or purchases. Is this a safe practice?]

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