In a statement, Gander Mountain expressed sympathy for the shooting victims and their families. But the company said it had been forthcoming with the investigation, that the sale met all legal requirements and that Nguyen intentionally deceived the store.
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The families of two volunteer firefighters killed in the Christmas Eve 2012 shootings in Webster and two survivors of the attack are suing the store that sold the guns used against them.
In addition to Gander Mountain Co., the lawsuit also names Dawn Nguyen, who bought the weapons, and the estate of the shooter, William Spengler Jr., as defendants.
Attorneys working with a national gun control group, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, announced Tuesday at the law offices of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP in Rochester that they had filed the suit on the plaintiffs’ behalf.
The Brady Center argues that Gander Mountain, where Nguyen bought the guns in 2010, should have spotted clear signs that she was making a “straw purchase,” meaning that the weapons were intended for someone else.