The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that gun manufacturers cannot be held accountable under state law for deaths caused in the Route 91 Harvest massacre.
The parents of Carrie Parsons, a Seattle woman killed in the mass shooting of October 1, 2017, sued the gun manufacturers, accusing them of circumventing federal and Nevada laws by creating and selling weapons that could easily be modified to fire automatically.
In the unanimous opinion drafted by Judge Kristina Pickering, the justices wrote that Nevada law does not allow gun manufacturers to be found negligent and held liable for wrongful death, even if someone uses a gun. illegally produced weapon.
“We in no way underestimate the deep public policy issues presented or the horrific tragedy inflicted by the mass shooting of the Route 91 Harvest Festival,” Pickering wrote in the notice. “But this is an area that the legislature has largely occupied.”
The judges said the law could be changed by lawmakers, but not by the court.
“We urge the legislature to act if that does not mean granting immunity in situations like this,” Pickering wrote.
The lawsuit against Colt’s Manufacturing and seven other companies, centered on historic gun laws and a federal machine gun ban, alleged companies continually chose “profits over public safety,” making rifles that could be modified “in minutes or even seconds.” without any technical expertise.
Lawyers for Colt’s Manufacturing did not immediately return the request for comment on Thursday.
The Route 91 gunfighter used a butt attachment on semi-automatic weapons to increase the firing capacity of the rifles he fired from his suite on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay at thousands of people across the Las Vegas Strip attending the County Outdoor Music Festival. .
The shooting initially left 58 dead and hundreds more injured. Two other victims died of their injuries more than two years after the shooting.
In May 2020, U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon ruled that the Nevada Supreme Court should rule on the lawsuit against the gun manufacturers.
Gordon wrote that he was “particularly concerned” with the interpretation by gunmakers of a law that “would immunize even an accused who manufactured and sold Tommy pistols or M-16 rifles to civilians.”
In September, Nevada Democratic Representative Dina Titus introduced a federal bill to regulate and ban bump stockpiles.
After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives attempted to ban stockpiles of bosses by regulation, demanding the destruction of existing stocks of bosses. However, the rule was suspended after the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the regulation was likely unconstitutional.