by Warner Todd Huston | June 29, 2015 1:45 pm
Judge Orders Gun Ban Group to Pay Legal Fees of Ammo Dealer it Sued
I would like to see this more, courts forcing losers in lawsuits to pay their opponent’s legal fees after they’ve brought and lost nuisance lawsuits. In this case a federal judge has ordered the Brady anti-gun group to pay the legal fees of an online ammo dealer it sued claiming that the ammo dealer was responsible for a mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence sued an online ammo dealer named Lucky Gunner because it sold the ammo that theater killer James Holmes used in his attack in July of 2012. But the suit was thrown out and now a judge has ordered that the anti-gun group pay the legal fees of the ammo company.
The order, which was issued last week, comes after Judge Richard P. Matsch dismissed the gun control group’s suit that sought to hold Lucky Gunner legally responsible for the 2012 shooting. The Brady Center had argued in their suit that the way Lucky Gunner sells ammunition is “unreasonably dangerous and create a public nuisance.”
“A crazed, homicidal killer should not be able to amass a military arsenal, without showing his face or answering a single question, with the simple click of a mouse,” Brady Center’s Legal Action Project Director Jonathan Lowy said at the time. “If businesses choose to sell military-grade equipment online, they must screen purchasers to prevent arming people like James Holmes.”
Judge Matsch disagreed with the Brady Center’s argument. He said the suit was filed for propaganda purposes. “It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order,” he said in his order.
This is a great ruling.
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