Suit Charges Gun Store Negligence For Selling to Mentally-Troubled Woman


The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is suing an Odessa, Mo., gun store in the death of a man shot and killed by his mentally troubled daughter, the Kansas City Star reports. The store's operators should have heeded a warning from the daughter's mother not to sell a gun to a person in such an unsettled psychological state, the organization's lawyers said. “We are not anti-gun, we are not anti-Second Amendment,” said Jonathan Lowy, director of the center’s Legal Action Project. “However, there are a few bad apples,” he said. “We are trying to send a message to stop putting profit over people.”

The lawsuit says that in June 2012, Odessa Gun & Pawn sold a .45-caliber pistol to Colby Sue Weathers and that Weathers used the gun to fatally shoot her father soon after. Store personnel sold her a gun despite the pleas of her mother, Janet Delana, who had called the store two days earlier to warn them of her daughter's illness, according to the lawsuit. “It's a tragic story,” said Allen Rostron, a University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor. Whatever a person's stance on gun control, he said, a person hearing details of the Weathers case would think “That's not right, that's not responsible, that certainly does seem reckless.” More than 10 similar lawsuits are in various stages of litigation across the U.S.

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