A federal judge has ordered that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence pay the legal fees of an online ammunition dealer in it’s failed lawsuit for the Aurora movie theater shooting.
Issued last week, the order comes after Judge Richard Matsch, who also presided over the Oklahoma City Bombing trial, dismissed the gun control group’s lawsuit aiming to hold Lucky Gunner and other online dealers culpable for the 2012 shooting.
“A crazed, homicidal killer should not be able to amass a military arsenal, without showing his face or answering a single question, with the simple click of a mouse,” said Brady Center’s Legal Action Project Director Jonathan Lowy at the time of the lawsuit. “If businesses choose to sell military-grade equipment online, they must screen purchasers to prevent arming people like James Holmes.”
Arguing that online ammunition sales are “unreasonably dangerous and create a public nuisance” didn’t play well at all with Judge Matsch as he eviscerated Brady Center’s complaint as pure proaganda.
“It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order.”
For their part, Lucky Gunner praised the judge and said they will take any measures necessary to collect the entire amount from the Brac
“The federal judge on the case ruled it was apparent that this suit was filed to pursue the Brady Center’s ‘political purposes’ and was used as an ‘opportunity to propagandize the public’. Lucky Gunner agrees with the court’s assessment and continues to do all it can to hold the Brady Center accountable for legal fees awarded in the case,” spokesman Anthony Welsch said.
“Any legal fees Lucky Gunner recovers will be given to 2nd Amendment supporting organizations as voted on by the shooting community,” Welsch added.
In the effort, the company has created a website for people to vote which organizations should get a share of the more than $110,000 in legal fees – courtesy of an anti-gun group.