James Holmes is a "patently dangerous homicidal man" who should never have been able to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition, tear gas, and body armor, argues a suit filed yesterday against four companies that supplied the accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter with those items. The suit was filed by the parents of Jessica Ghawi, who was 24 when she was killed in the attack. It argues that "the defendants did not make reasonable inquiries into Holmes' purchases, nor did the defendants take any extra precautions when selling Holmes weapons, accessories, and ammunition, or ask Holmes why he wanted the items." It paints the companies as "negligently and unlawfully" supplying him with those items.
The Denver Post reports BulkAmmo.com, BulletProofBodyArmorHQ.com, sportmansguide.com, and BTP Arms are the named defendants in the suit, which seeks to have the companies halt their sales until screening methods can be revamped. "A company should not be able to sell tear gas with the same procedures used to sell a pair of shoes," says a lawyer with the Brady Center, which helped file the suit. The AP sees the lawsuit as one that "renews the gun control debate in the courts at a time when advocates of tighter restrictions have been relatively quiet in state and national politics, wary of motivating gun-rights voters to turn out in greater numbers."