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Nicoletti Walker Law Group July 8, 2016

Sadly, nearly everyone has heard about what happened on June 12th, where a gunman entered a nightclub and shot and killed 50 people using an AR-15 assault-type rifle, committing the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. And while some are discussing religion and its role in leading to violent events, others are concerned that the specific rifle used in the incident—an assault rifle—is, to date, the most popular rifle in the country, and still easier to buy in Florida than even a regular pistol.

Specifically, the rifle used to kill 50 people in Orlando on June 12th has a history of killing many people at once: it was also used in the San Bernardino shootings in 2015 and the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings in 2012. And while there are laws on the books protecting certain parties from civil liability that may arise from the use of these weapons, it is still important to look at remaining civil remedies that are still available to those injured by firearms and the loss of family members.

The Law (or Lack Thereof) in Florida

Many would be surprised to find out that you don’t need a license to own or purchase a rifle, handgun, or shotgun in the state of Florida; you just have to submit identification information and pay a minimal fee for a background check. Florida also does not require background checks for gun transfers between private parties, mandate gun registration and/or licensing, or limit the number of firearms that can be purchased at once (most notably, there no limits on assault rifles). Although there is a three-day waiting period between when one purchases a handgun and it is delivered, there is actually no waiting period whatsoever for guns like the AR-15.

However, some families are starting to fight back: recently, several parents whose children were murdered in the Sandy Hook elementary school incident filed a lawsuit against Remington, the company that produced the AR-15 used in that specific incident and gave rise to countless wrongful deaths. The lawsuit is based on negligence theory (as used in personal injury) against the gun manufacturer.

Serious Injuries Attorney

There are times when the intentional conduct of someone else results in severe trauma and injury that forever transforms your life and/or the lives of your loved ones. Not only are loved ones sometimes killed as a result of these incidents, but others may become paralyzed or lose limbs, not be able to return to work, and face other suffering. Any way you look at it, lives are permanently transformed.

Recovery from these sorts of injuries is long, expensive, and may not even restore the injured person to the way they were prior to the accident. Nonetheless, pursuing the party who caused the accident can often help with medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed, contact Clearwater personal injury attorney Mike Walker law to get the help you deserve. We are eager to help you today.