How many small businesses do you know that are willing to fork over more than a hundred grand of their own money to help protect your gun rights? LuckyGunner Ammo is doing exactly that.
First the background in as few words as possible.
- Parents of an Aurora, CO theater murder victim, Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, joined with the Brady Campaign to sue several retailers who sold gear and ammunition to the murderer.
- The suit alleged that retailers should have vetted the buyer and discerned his evil intentions.
- We have a federal law called the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. It’s supposed to prevent frivolous lawsuits like this one.
- A district judge threw the suit out, with great enthusiasm, saying ““It would be highly unlikely that the defendants would seek to emasculate their businesses to conform to an undefined standard of care that would have prevented a purchaser of their products from using them in a barbaric assault on innocent people in an entertainment venue.” Hen went on to excoriate the Brady folks, ““It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order which counsel should have known would be outside the authority of this court.”
- The net result is that the court ordered the Brady Campaign and parents to pay for all defendant legal fees, totaling somewhere in the neighborhood of a quarter million dollars. Of that, about $112,000 is payable to LuckyGunner Ammunition.
Even though the LuckyGunner folks spent more than this amount defending their business from the Brady monsters, they’re not going to accept the reimbursement. Instead, they’re going to donate the entire amount to gun rights organizations. They’re asking customers to weigh in and vote for their favorite gun rights group.