More than 48 survivors and families of deceased victims of the June 12, 2016 attack on the Orlando Pulse nightclub are suing the gunman’s employer and wife in federal court.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in South Florida.
According to the Associated Press, personal injury attorney Antonio Romanucci claims, “[Omar] Mateen’s employer, international security company G4S, knew he was mentally unstable yet allowed him to carry a gun in his job as a security guard. Mateen had a firearm license through his job.”
Romanucci added, “Mateen gave out so many warnings that someone should have reined this guy in. They should have said, ‘You are not stable. You shouldn’t have a weapon.'”
Romanucci also claims Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, knew the Pulse attack was going to take place but did not report it. He said, “Rather than warn authorities, she kept it a secret and acted as his accomplice.”
Neither G4S’s spokeswoman nor Salman’s attorney would comment to the AP about the lawsuit.
Families of the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary attack filed a suit against the maker of the AR-15 the Sandy Hooker attacker used to kill teachers and school children. However, the lawsuit was dismissed because of the Protection of Law Commerce in Arms Act (2005). That act shields gun manufacturers from frivolous suits against firearms legally made and legally sold.
The AR-15 used in Sandy Hook was legally sold to Nancy Lanza, the attacker’s mother. The attacker then stole the gun and used it in the heinous attack on the school.
The guns on the Pulse attacker were also legally made and sold; the gunman passed a background check for both, and a waiting period. So the suit in Florida is directed at an employer and spouse. But UCLA law professor Adam Winkler said the suit will still be “very challenging.” He said, “Victims of gun violence are looking for second-best options and that is what this is.”
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