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Crime Dayton Victims' Families Sue High-Capacity Magazine Maker as Shooting Anniversary Approaches

01:44  04 august  2021
01:44  04 august  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

‘Instruments of Slaughter’: Families of Dayton Mass Shooting Victims Sue Manufacturer of 100-Round Magazine Used by Gunman

  ‘Instruments of Slaughter’: Families of Dayton Mass Shooting Victims Sue Manufacturer of 100-Round Magazine Used by Gunman Families of the victims of the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio filed a lawsuit Sunday night against the manufacturer of the high-capacity magazine used by gunman Connor Betts when he opened fire on the crowd inside a local bar in 2019. The post ‘Instruments of Slaughter’: Families of Dayton Mass Shooting Victims Sue Manufacturer of 100-Round Magazine Used by Gunman first appeared on Law & Crime.Families of the victims of the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio filed a lawsuit Sunday night against the manufacturer of the high-capacity magazine used by gunman Connor Betts when he opened fire on the crowd inside a local bar in 2019.

"If the Dayton shooter did not have such a large capacity magazine , he would not have been able to inflict the damage that he did," said Ben Cooper, the attorney representing the families of five of the nine people killed. "No civilian needs a 100-round magazine . The lawsuit accuses Kyung Chang Industry USA, a subsidiary of the South Korean company Kyung Change Industry Company, of knowingly providing "this instrument of slaughter to the general public, and sold it in a way that made it easy for the Shooter to obtain it."

“If the Dayton shooter did not have such a large capacity magazine , he would not have been able to inflict the damage that he did,” said Ben Cooper, the attorney representing the families of five of the nine people killed. “No civilian needs a 100-round magazine . It’s only useful for the military or mass A spokesman for Kyung Chang Industry USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on the litigation. Cooper said high - capacity magazines have been used in nearly 60% of mass shootings in recent history, including the July 20, 2012, rampage at a movie theater in Aurora

Family members of four victims killed in the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, filed a lawsuit on Sunday against the manufacturer of the high-capacity magazine used by the gunman, the Associated Press reported.

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“If the Dayton shooter did not have such a large capacity magazine , he would not have been able to inflict the damage that he did,” said Ben Cooper, the attorney representing the families of five of the nine people killed. “No civilian needs a 100-round magazine . It’s only useful for the military or mass A spokesman for Kyung Chang Industry USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on the litigation. Cooper said high - capacity magazines have been used in nearly 60% of mass shootings in recent history, including the July 20, 2012, rampage at a movie theater in Aurora

Families of the victims of the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton , Ohio filed a lawsuit Sunday night against the manufacturer of the high - capacity magazine used by gunman Connor Betts when he opened fire on the crowd inside a local bar in 2019. The mass shooting only lasted for The families allege that the manufacturer of the magazine —Kyung Chang Industry USA, Inc. and its related South Korean company, Kyungchang Industry Co., Ltd.—should have known that their product would be sought by potential mass shooters but failed to implement any protocols to see prevent that from

a person standing in front of a store: Relatives of four people killed when a gunman opened fire two years ago have sued the maker of a high-capacity magazine used by the shooter. The lawsuit against Nevada-based Kyung Chang Industry USA Inc. alleges negligence, negligent entrustment, and public nuisance by the company. Pedestrians pass a makeshift memorial for the slain and injured victims of a mass shooting that occurred in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 7, 2019. © John Minchillo/AP Photo Relatives of four people killed when a gunman opened fire two years ago have sued the maker of a high-capacity magazine used by the shooter. The lawsuit against Nevada-based Kyung Chang Industry USA Inc. alleges negligence, negligent entrustment, and public nuisance by the company. Pedestrians pass a makeshift memorial for the slain and injured victims of a mass shooting that occurred in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 7, 2019.

In the suit, the families allege the magazine can facilitate the killing of as many people as possible because of its large capacity for ammunition. Additionally, they say the manufacturer, Kyung Chang Industry USA Inc., purposefully marketed and sold the 100-round magazine that gunman Connor Betts used to kill nine people in Dayton's Oregon entertainment district, the Associated Press reported.

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“If the Dayton shooter did not have such a large capacity magazine , he would not have been able to inflict the damage that he did,” said Ben Cooper, the attorney representing the families of five of the nine people killed. “No civilian needs a 100-round magazine . It’s only useful for the military or mass Cooper said high - capacity magazines have been used in nearly 60% of mass shootings in recent history, including the July 20, 2012, rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, that left 12 people dead; the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, that killed 20 children and six

“If the Dayton shooter did not have such a large capacity magazine , he would not have been able to inflict the damage that he did,” said Ben Cooper, the attorney representing the families of five of the nine people killed. “No civilian needs a 100-round magazine . It’s only useful for the military or mass A spokesman for Kyung Chang Industry USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on the litigation. Cooper said high - capacity magazines have been used in nearly 60% of mass shootings in recent history, including the July 20, 2012, rampage at a movie theater in Aurora

Betts was able to shoot 41 rounds in 32 seconds because of the magazine's capacity before police shot and killed him, the suit said. The suit also alleged the magazine's maker manufactured the device even though they "have no or negligible utility for lawful uses of firearms but pose a tremendous risk to public safety because they are extremely effective and attractive for use in unlawful mass shootings."

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The magazine's capacity "enabled the Shooter to transform the popular commercial district into a war zone, in seconds," the lawsuit said.

The victims' relatives are seeking unspecified financial damages above $15,000 and a court order stopping the company from supplying high-capacity magazines "without reasonable safeguards to prevent their misuse."

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“If the Dayton shooter did not have such a large capacity magazine , he would not have been able to inflict the damage that he did,” said Ben Cooper, the attorney representing the families of five of the nine people killed. “No civilian needs a 100-round magazine . It’s only useful for the military or mass A spokesman for Kyung Chang Industry USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on the litigation. Cooper said high - capacity magazines have been used in nearly 60% of mass shootings in recent history, including the July 20, 2012, rampage at a movie theater in Aurora

A group comprising survivors and victims ’ families in the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton , Ohio, has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the large- capacity magazine (LCM) used in the shooting , according to court documents. “To our knowledge, this is the first lawsuit that’s focused solely on the marketing and manufacture and sale of high - capacity magazines ,” Jonathan Lowy, an attorney representing the families , said Monday. Lowy, the chief counsel and vice president of legal at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, acknowledged there have been numerous lawsuits against the

The complaint was brought by family members of shooting victims Derrick Fudge, Lois Oglesby, Logan Turner, and Beatrice Nicole Warren-Curtis.

Messages were left with the company Tuesday seeking comment on the lawsuit.

Betts was killed by police half a minute after he opened fire August 4, 2019, in Dayton's crowded Oregon District entertainment area. Armed with an AR-15-style gun with the extended ammunition magazine, Betts killed nine people, including his sister, and wounded dozens more.

After the shooting, high school classmates said Betts was suspended years ago for compiling a "hit list" of fellow students he wanted to harm. Two of the classmates said Betts had also been suspended after he came to school with a list of female students he wanted to sexually assault.

Police investigators said Betts had a "history of obsession with violent ideations with mass shootings and expressed a desire to commit a mass shooting." The FBI said it uncovered evidence Betts "looked into violent ideologies."

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But authorities have also yet to identify a motive, or been able to say definitely whether Betts intended to kill his sister, Megan, or if her death was inadvertent.

The Ohio Supreme Court rejected requests by the media, including the Associated Press, for copies of Betts' school records. The court said last year that state law didn't permit disclosure of such records without a student's consent and didn't make exceptions if the student was deceased.

Last month, the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting offered some of the victims' families nearly $33 million to settle their lawsuit over how the company marketed the firearm to the public.

a group of people holding a sign: Family members of four victims killed in the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the high-capacity magazine used by the shooter to slay nine. Demonstrators line the street near Miami Valley Hospital in anticipation of a visit from President Donald Trump on August 07, 2019 in Dayton. Scott Olson/Getty Images © Scott Olson/Getty Images Family members of four victims killed in the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the high-capacity magazine used by the shooter to slay nine. Demonstrators line the street near Miami Valley Hospital in anticipation of a visit from President Donald Trump on August 07, 2019 in Dayton. Scott Olson/Getty Images

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