Sunset Park subway shooting victim seeks to hold gunsmith Glock accountable
A Brooklyn woman injured in the April subway car shooting is suing gunmaker Glock, alleging it bears civil liability for the crime.
Ilene Steur, 49, who was among 10 victims shot in the attack on an N train at Sunset Park, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. He alleges that Glock was negligent in the marketing and distribution of its weapons with “a reckless disregard for human life”.
Accused shooter Frank James allegedly used a 9mm Glock firearm during the April 12 rampage. He pleaded not guilty to federal charges of carrying out a terrorist attack on public transportation and firing a weapon during a violent attack.
Last week, a federal judge in Albany dismissed a lawsuit brought by gun manufacturers and sellers challenging the constitutionality of a New York law that allows nuisance claims against the gun industry. fired by individuals and others affected by gun violence. U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino ruled the state law, signed in July by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, falls within an exception to a U.S. law protecting manufacturers and dealers of firearms. fire against prosecution.
“This law that exists in New York, I believe, gives victims the opportunity to not be blocked by preventive federal laws (protecting the gun industry from lawsuits) and to be able to collect damages from the gun manufacturers for personal injury when marketing the guns is clearly unreasonable,” Steur’s attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, told Gothamist.
According to Steur’s claim, Glock’s negligence created a public nuisance that endangered public health and safety. He claims that Glock’s marketing “emphasizes firearm characteristics such as high capacity and ease of concealment, which attract potential buyers with criminal intent.”
Steur alleges that she suffered serious injuries that prevented her from performing normal activities. The claim seeks damages in excess of $75,000.
“Gun manufacturers don’t live in a bubble,” Mark Shirian, another attorney for Steur, said in a statement. “This lawsuit seeks to hold the firearms industry accountable for recklessly marketing its guns in a way that unreasonably creates a public nuisance.”
The trial comes as the nation reels from a series of mass shootings. In May, an outspoken white supremacist was charged with killing 10 people at a supermarket in a predominantly black Buffalo neighborhood. Ten days later, a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The shooter was killed during the siege.
There was no immediate comment from Glock.