Texas Panel Clears Store In Selling Gun Used In Shooting

Law360, Houston (August 16, 2017, 5:19 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate court on Tuesday sided with sporting goods store Academy Ltd., dismissing a lawsuit that alleged it was negligent in completing a background check and selling a shotgun that was later used in a homicide, holding the store complied with state and federal requirements.

The lawsuit, seeking $5 million in damages, was brought in the wake of the shooting death of Juan Gilberto Reyna, for which a jury convicted Yusef Villanueva of criminally negligent homicide. Representatives of his estate alleged in the lawsuit that Academy should have known when Lynette Metzgar came to the store and bought the gun,...

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