Can Sutherland Springs Families Sue Academy Sports Over Gun Sale? Texas Judge Will Soon Decide

SAN ANTONIO — In a case that could have big implications for gun laws here and across the country, a Texas judge will soon decide whether the sporting goods chain where the Sutherland Springs shooter purchased his weapon could be liable for the carnage he caused.On Thursday, lawyers for both Academy Sports + Outdoors and the families of those hurt and killed in the small central Texas community went head-to-head in what was at times a heated debate. During the nearly three hour hearing, the attorneys argued over federal and state laws, and whether the store should have refused to sell Devin P. Kelley the gun with which he killed and injured dozens at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017.Judge Karen Pozza said she will issue a ruling by Monday. She could side with Academy's lawyers and throw out the case, or agree with the Sutherland Springs families and let the case continue to a jury trial. The families are asking for millions in damages for physical and mental anguish, disfigurement and medical expenses.  Continue reading...

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