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Nevada Supreme Court Rules Gunmakers Not Liable for Las Vegas Concert Shooting

Newsweek logo Newsweek 12/3/2021 Zoe Strozewski
The Nevada Supreme Court cited a state law that shields gun manufacturers from liability unless the weapon malfunctions in a new ruling that says they cannot be held responsible for the deaths in the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. Investigators work at a festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas after a mass shooting. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo The Nevada Supreme Court cited a state law that shields gun manufacturers from liability unless the weapon malfunctions in a new ruling that says they cannot be held responsible for the deaths in the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. Investigators work at a festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas after a mass shooting.

Nevada's highest court has sided with gun manufacturers in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a woman killed in the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip, the Associated Press reported.

The state Supreme Court ruled that the gunmakers, including Colt Manufacturing Co. and several others, are not liable for the shooting deaths because a state law protects them from culpability unless one of their firearms malfunctions.

The woman's parents filed the lawsuit in July 2019, alleging that the gun companies "knowingly manufactured and sold weapons designed to shoot automatically because they were aware their AR-15s could be easily modified with bump stocks to do so, thereby violating federal and state machine gun prohibitions."


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Hundreds of people were wounded and 60 died when Stephen Paddock used an AR-15 with a bump stock to fire at a concert crowd from his hotel room, the AP reported.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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