U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “A judge says victims of the 2019 synagogue shooting in San Diego County that killed one worshiper and wounded three can sue the manufacturer of the semiautomatic rifle and the gun shop that sold it to a teenager,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. “[V]ictims and families in the Poway synagogue shooting have adequately alleged that Smith & Wesson, the nation’s largest gun manufacturer, knew its AR15-style rifle could be easily modified into a machine-gun-like or an assault weapon in violation of California law, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Medel said Wednesday.”
Naturally, the gun-grabbers are crowing:
“The ruling is a victory for ‘all Americans who believe that the gun industry is not above the law,’ said Jon Lowy, chief counsel for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which sued on behalf of the victims.
Note the argument isn’t that the gun “had been” modified, but that “could be.” As none suffered any harm from modifications that never happened, how any can show standing to make that reach, and how it can even be allowed to be introduced is a puzzlement. But it becomes clear reading the Minute Order that what’s happening here isn’t being done to pursue Constitutional justice but to shred it.
It’s also clear that neither plaintiffs, their lawyers, or Judge Medel have demonstrated the qualifications and capabilities to be able to legally pronounce the ease with which such modifications could be made if that were even an issue here — which it’s not.
But if the undisguised goal of reclassifying semiautos as machineguns is sustained, it’s game over for “law-abiding” gun owners to stay that way and be true to “shall not be infringed” principles. They’ll have a decision to make that can no longer be put off, and that will test the seriousness of those who boldly (and mostly anonymously) declare “Molon Labe!” and “I will not comply,” particularly when some inevitably get caught and need our help to mount a legal defense.Click the link to read the whole article: Judge Sets Course to ‘Terminate’