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SJB Files Suit Alleging Wrongful Sale of Guns Used in Rampage

41 News (KSHB – Kansas City) reports on Shamberg Johnson & Bergman, joining the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, filing suit against a pawn shop located in Newton, Kansas.  SJB alleges the store, named A Pawn Shop, wrongfully and illegally sold an assault rifle and a hand gun that were used in a deadly rampage in Hesston, Kansas.

The workplace shooting took place at a lawn equipment factory in February, 2016.  The shooter, Cedric Ford, killed three and wounded 14 in the attack.

As a convicted felon, Ford was not allowed to possess firearms like the AK-47 style assault semi-automatic rifle or the .40-caliber pistol that were used in the shooting.  His girlfriend purchased the guns for Ford from A Pawn Shop in a “straw purchase”.  A straw purchase occurs when a person purchases guns specifically for another’s use when the end-user is not lawfully allowed to purchase or possess guns.

SJB and the Brady Center allege A Pawn Shop was aware, or should have been aware, Ford’s girlfriend was purchasing the guns on Ford’s behalf.

Link here to read KSHB’s report:  https://www.kshb.com/news/state/kansas/pawn-shop-sued-over-2016-kansas-business-shooting.

SJB represents victims and victims’ families who are the victims of negligence and intentional harm.  If you or someone you know believe SJB can help protect your rights, contact us today to speak with an attorney.