An Missouri gun dealer has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit that arose when the dealer sold a gun to a mentally ill woman who then used it to kill her father, the Kansas City Star reports. Jonathan Lowy of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which helped with the lawsuit, said the “case sends a resounding message to gun dealers across the country that if they put profits over people, we will make them pay with consequences.”
Janet Delana pleaded with Odessa Gun & Pawn Shop not to sell a firearm to her mentally ill daughter, Colby Sue Weathers. The dealer sold Weathers a .45-caliber handgun she used to shoot her father, Tex Delana, in 2012. The point of law on which the case turned was called “negligent entrustment.” Janet Delana argued that the gun dealer should not have sold the weapon to a person known or presumed to be potentially dangerous to herself or others. Lowy said the settlement demonstrated the limitations of a 2005 federal law that gives wide immunity for gun manufacturers and dealers against negligence claims.