The Federal Government recently filed a responsible third-party designation in federal court, alleging that Academy Sports & Outdoor violated the law when it sold an AR-15 Rifle and large capacity magazine to Devin Kelley, who later used that weapon to commit mass murder at a Sutherland Springs church.
Devin Patrick Kelley presented a Colorado driver’s license at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Texas to buy the rifle and ammunition, the Department of Justice said in a motion filed Tuesday in San Antonio.
“Academy was not permitted to sell Kelley the Model 8500 Ruger AR-556 under federal law because sale of that rifle would have been illegal in Colorado,” DOJ Attorney Paul David Stern wrote in the filing. “On November 5, 2017, Kelley used the (rifle) to commit the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.”
Attorneys at this law firm represent many of the victims of the Sutherland Spring shooting against both the Federal Government and Academy Sports & Outdoor.