Those who ignite a fire should be responsible for the cost of suppressing it before it becomes a conflagration.”

With this rebuke, a district court has ordered the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to pay more than $200,000 in attorney’s fees and costs to several Internet-based FFLs that the gun control organization wrongly sought to hold liable for the tragic and criminal Aurora movie theater shootings.

In striking this blow to the Brady Center, the court chided the lawsuit as being nothing more than a political ruse and an opportunity for the Center to propagandize the public and stigmatize online retailers.

Clearly, the Brady Center had no real legal claim and solely sought to damage or destroy the legitimate business of Internet retailers and invalidate the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and the state laws protecting them.

The underlying opinion has been appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, so we will continue to provide updates as the appeal proceeds.

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