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Families of 2 Parkland shooting victims file lawsuit against maker and seller of gun used in massacre

May 24, 2018 - 9:07 pm
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(CNN) -- The families of two victims in the shootign at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School are suing the manufacturer and the seller of the gun used in the massacre. 

They filed a lawsuit in Broward County Circuit Court.

They're also asking the courts to clarify the Florida statute that protects gunmakers and gun sellers from some kind of litigation.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, told reporters why they decided to pursue the legal action.

"What I have learned in this process since February 14th, the day they were murdered with an AR-15, nobody says we can be responsible," Guttenberg said. "Our legislators won't do anything about the law. The gun lobby says we shouldn't do anything about the law. The manufacturers, marketers, and retailers of these guns say it's not our fault. This is the only industry where there is apparently a protected class. Well we're going to change history and break that protection.

"We need to force manufacturers, marketers, and retailers of guns to be the responsible ones, to make sure that when these guns end up in someone's hands, there is a way to ensure they're ending up in the hands of someone who does not intend to kill somebody else." 

The lawsuit is the first legal action taken om Florida against the gun industry since the shooting in Parkland on Feb 14.