Attorney Craig Heidemann sued Academy Sports for the unlawful death of Aaron Hampton. Hampton was among the roommates killed by an illegal immigrant, Luis Perez, in retaliation for eviction. Another roommate, Steven Marler, and Sabrina Starr, died in the murder.
Starr provided Perez with the gun while another woman, Nyadia Burden, purchased the ammunition used in the shooting. The lawsuit claims the employee of Academy Sports should have realized Nyadia Burden would transfer the ammunition to Perez and stop the transaction.
Perez could not buy ammunition because he was in the country illegally and was facing felony charges, and had an arrest warrant in Middlesex County for third-degree terroristic threat, aggravated assault, assault, and child abuse. He was on the deportation list, and ICE had issued orders for Middlesex County to detain him.
The lawsuit implies the store employee could establish whether Perez could buy ammunition by just looking at him. Additionally, Perez did not purchase the ammo by himself. The only way the employee could stop the transaction was by looking at the pair and refusing to sell to them by using his guy feeling. However, the refusal to sell to a Latino duo on mere suspicion could trigger claims of racial discrimination.
Under the current Missouri firearm laws, there was no legal mechanism of establishing whether Perez could buy the bullets because there are no ammo background checks in the state. Even if Perez failed the ammo background checks, Burden could still purchase the ammunition and transfer it to him.
The lawsuit also says the duo resorted to Academy Sports after Walmart refused to sell to them. However, Academy Sport’s clerk did not have this information, and it is unclear why Walmart refused to sell to them. Probably, Perez tried to buy the ammo directly or made remarks that raised suspicions. It was obvious he couldn’t repeat the same mistake at Academy Sports.
The cancelation of ammo sale by Walmart does not prove Academy Sport’s negligence. The only negligence is by the law enforcement authorities for their failure to apprehend Perez and hand him over to the ICE for deportation before he committed the crimes.
Some Liberal jurisdictions, including New Jersey, adopted immigration sanctuary resolutions preventing the deportation of felonious illegal immigrants. The lawsuit should be directed to the state for causing the murder of innocent citizens by harboring alien felons.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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