Brooklyn Subway Shooting Victim Files Lawsuit Against Gun Manufacturer

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One of the people who survived the Brooklyn subway mass shooting back in April has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used during the attack.

Ilene Steur was one of the 10 people wounded when accused gunman Frank James allegedly set off a smoke grenade and began shooting inside of a subway car in Sunset Park on April 12. Steur says she was headed to work when the attack occurred and has filed a federal lawsuit against Glock, the makers of the 9mm handgun James is accused of using in the shooting.

Steur's lawsuit accuses Glock of marketing its firearm products in such a way that emphasizes "firearm characteristics such as their high capacity and ease of concealment, that appeal to prospective purchasers with criminal intent."

The lawsuit also says the gun manufacturer purposefully supplied "more firearms than the legitimate market could bear in order to induce sales in the secondary market." Steur says the company failed to train gun sellers on avoiding illegal transactions and accused Glock of refusing to end contracts with distributors who sold to dealers "with disproportionately high volumes of guns traced to crime scenes."

Glock, the lawsuit says, has "endangered the public health and safety" of NYC residents by marketing and selling firearms "with reckless disregard for human life and for the peace, tranquility, and economic well-being of the public."

In 2021, the state of New York passed a law that allows victims of gun violence to sue gun manufacturers and dealers for their injuries. Gun industry leaders attempted and failed to get the law blocked.

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