A woman who was shot in a Brooklyn subway shooting last month filed a civil lawsuit on May 31 against gun manufacturer Glock Inc. and its Austria-based parent company.
According to the lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York, Ilene Steur, 49, claimed that Glock — the manufacturer of the gun allegedly used in the April 12 shooting — should be held liable because its marketing practices in its distribution and sales of guns have contributed to “creating and maintaining a public nuisance” and “endangered the public health and safety.”
Steur and her lawyers accused Glock of “reckless disregard for human life.”
The lawsuit accused Glock of “marketing that emphasizes firearm characteristics such as their high capacity and ease of concealment, that appeal to prospective purchasers with criminal intent” and of “purposely supplying more firearms than the legitimate market could bear in order to induce sales in the secondary market.”
The lawsuit further claimed that Glock was aware that its design was “unsuited to personal defense or recreation, enables an individual in possession of the weapon to inflict unparalleled civilian carnage.”
Rubenstein and Rynecki law firm, which represents Steur, told USA Today, “Gun manufacturers have a moral responsibility to work with the government to stop the outrageous violence and mass killings that are occurring in our country.”
“Let this lawsuit send a message to gun manufacturers,” the law firm said.
Steur was on her way to work when a gunman fired at least 33 rounds aboard a busy subway train, directly hitting her and nine other commuters.
Authorities charged Frank James with committing the attack and alleged that he used a 9mm Glock handgun in the shooting.
James pleaded not guilty to terrorism and weapons charges after he turned himself in last month.
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