By the tone of the story, you would have thought that this was a great victory
for Tuft's and the American people. It looks more to me like a
"definition" decision. Does a shotgun become a pistol just by changing
the grip? I would have agreed with the pawn shop on this and thrown this
lawsuit out. I feel sorry for the family, but I think they were played by the
Brady group and the only winners here were the lawyers.
A "Mossberg 88 pistol-grip 12-gauge weapon" is indeed a shotgun. The
defendants must've felt there was a reasonable chance of losing, and
settling up was the course to take.I feel horrible for this family
and the other victims. And I'm in favor of ANYTHING that can realistically
be done to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of mentally-unstable people and
criminals. However, that desire must be balanced against the right of
law-abiding citizens to have such weapons.
How stupid can the courts be. Like mulrich says, if it fires shot gun shells its
a shot gun (yes, i know, some pistols fire a .410 gauge shot gun shell). Better
to change the law to make it 18 or 21 years for any gun purchase.
Unless the legal definition of a shotgun requires it to only be shot from the
shoulder I don't see why this lawsuit wasn't immediately dismissed. To
me a weapon should be define by it's ammunition. If it fires a shotgun
shell, it's a shotgun.
There was a great opportunity for the right thing to be done here and they blew
it. The lawsuit should have been against Trolley Square for not allowing its
patrons to defend themselves by lawfully carrying a firearm on their property.
Trolley Square made the decision that criminals could have a weapon on their
property but decided that law abiding citizens could not. As a direct result of
their policy, people are dead.
just a thought. I've seen plenty of rifles and shotguns that have a
shoulder pad and a pistol grip. also, all over the internet you can find pistol
grips for this shotgun that can be installed on the regular stock. the
attorneys are saying that this was sold illegally, but they settled out of court
without admitting guilt. It sounds like the only ones to get rich on this are