Expect the Kansas City area to become quite the hot spot for gun groups like the National Rifle Association over a lawsuit targeting a gun shop in nearby Odessa, Mo.
The Washington, D.C.,-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed the suit in Lafayette County Circuit Court saying Odessa Gun & Pawn in 2012 sold a .45-caliber pistol to a mentally troubled 38-year-old woman who then used the weapon to fatally shoot her father, 60-year-old Tex C. Delana, soon after the purchase, The Kansas City Star reports. The gun was sold despite pleas from the woman’s mother, warning the store of the daughter’s mental illness, the lawsuit says.
The wrongful-death suit accuses the people with the gun shop of negligence. Federal and Missouri laws point to the dangers of selling firearms to mentally unstable persons.
It has been a big issue in several mass shooting cases nationwide with calls to strengthen prohibitions on gun sales to people suffering mental illness and to provide more services to people with mental health concerns to prevent such tragedies.
Expect the NRA and other gun groups to charge to the rescue of the Odessa gun shop. The media attention will make the area seem like a Super Bowl city with interviews being conducted with people on both sides of the gun issue.