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Janet Delana begged a gun shop manager not to sell a firearm to her daughter, but the manager ignored her pleas and sold a Hi-Point pistol and a box of ammunition to the young woman for $257.85.
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Mother Sues Gun Shop for Selling a Firearm to Her Mentally Ill Daughter
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The young woman took the gun and ammo, went to her parents’ home, and shot her father, killing him.
According to court records, the gun shop made about $60 in profit on the sale to Colby Sue Weathers, who now sits in jail awaiting trial for murdering her father.
Delana sued the shop for negligence, which occurred in June of 2012, but they settled out of court for $2.2 million without going to trial.
The manager, Derrick Dady, said, “I can’t just go by what a phone call says. If the person that comes in … passes the background check, I can sell them a gun.” Dady maintains that the gun shop did nothing wrong, because Weathers passed the background check and was never deemed a danger to herself or others in a court of law.
Delana, Weathers’s mother, feels differently.
Weathers had been in and out of mental hospitals, which Delana told Dady over the phone before he sold Weathers the gun. She’d previously attempted suicide, and she was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
Dady admitted that when Weathers came in to purchase the pistol, she seemed nervous.
He sold it to her anyway.
What Do You Think?
Do you think gun shop owners and managers should be more responsible when they’re selling firearms, or does their responsibility start and end with the background check?