On Tuesday, a woman who was wounded in last month’s mass shooting on a New York City subway filed a lawsuit against the maker of the handgun allegedly used in the attack and its parent company, accusing the firearm manufacturer of “reckless disregard for human life.”
In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Brooklyn, Ilene Steur said Glock- the gunmaker- has “endangered the public health and safety” with the marketing, distribution, and sales of its guns. According to authorities, a 9mm Glock semiautomatic handgun was used during the attack.
In the lawsuit, Glock is accused of “marketing that emphasizes firearm characteristics such as their high capacity and ease of concealment, that appeal to prospective purchasers with criminal intent.”
Steur was one of 10 people shot and wounded on April 12 when a gunman fired dozens of bullets at a train full of morning commuters. The man charged in the attack, Frank James, has pleaded not guilty to terrorism and other counts.
The recent lawsuits on gun makers following brutal attacks across the country would likely have little effect on rifle sales and gun makers, who continue to be shielded from liability in most cases under federal law. But some experts said it may prompt insurance companies to pressure gun makers into making some changes.