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The parents of a fourth-grader killed and a teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, are basing the lawsuit against the gun manufacturer who sold a semi-automatic rifle used in mass shooting.
Emilia Marin, the teacher, filed a request for the collection of financial and marketing records from Daniel Defense, the Georgian manufacturer who sold the AR-15 rifle online to the 18-year-old man. He took the gun from a local dealer’s store. He is also trying to interrogate company officials.
According to the documents submitted to the Uvalde Court, Marin’s lawyers are requesting information related to the sale of the specific rifle used in the school massacre, which caused the death of 19 students and two teachers. But they also want facts about four Daniel Defense AR-15 weapons found in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2017, where a gunman killed 60 people and injured more than 400.
Marin also asks the arms manufacturer to provide data from the last 10 years of AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle sales, its donations to the National Rifle Association and other lobby groups, and any data the company provides. collected on the number of deaths or crimes associated with his weapons in 2012.
Marin’s lawyers want any “facts about the Daniel Defense model of marketing its products in a way that associates firearms and minors, by posting on social networks,” according to a copy of the file.
Marin was unjustly accused by the authorities of leaving a door open through which the armed man entered the school. The Texas Department of Homeland Security later clarified that the shooter entered through an unlocked door.
Daniel Defense did not respond to a request for comment.
Alfred Garza and Kimberly Garcia’s lawyers - the parents of Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old girl killed at school - sent letters to Daniel Defense on Friday, requesting much of the same marketing materials Marin is looking for.
Mikal Watts of San Antonio, Charla Aldous of Dallas and Joshua Koskoff of Bridgeport, Connecticut - who specialize in mass crime, individual civil rights and mass shootings in Sandy Hook - also announced the arms manufacturer to keep all potentially relevant information that could be used in the dispute.
In particular, the lawyers said that they want Daniel Defense to hand over any material related to: “your incitement and encouragement to use these weapons aggression; your online shopping system; your communications, on any platform, with the Uvalde shooter; and your awareness of the previous use of AR-15 rifles in mass shooting, ”according to a copy of the letter.
They asked Daniel Defense to cooperate and provide the information without forcing the family to sue to obtain it - a remote request, according to one of the lawyers.
“I can’t help but think they won’t cooperate,” Koskoff said. “I would like to be shown that I was wrong. It would be so refreshing to pick up the phone and say what you need from us, here’s the information. But I don’t expect him to do that. We will obtain the information and conduct the investigation in any case. “
In Re: Emilia Marin, 2022-06-34365-cv In the 38th Uvalde County Court, Texas (Uvalde)
Photo: Residents take part in vigil for victims of Robb Elementary School attack in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022 / Bloomberg
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