Suit Against Ammo Retailer Dropped, Fees Awarded

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a Knoxville ammunition company for selling items to the perpetrator of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater shooting prior to the attack.

Federal Judge Richard P. Matsch dismissed the case last week against Lucky Gunner LLC and other defendants, including other shooting and law enforcement supply companies that sold Holmes ammunition and equipment, and ordered that the plaintiffs to pay Lucky Gunner's legal costs of about $117,971, according to this story from KnoxNews.com.

"It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order," Matsch's order said.

The suit was publicly supported by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Lucky Gunner, which also does business as BulkAmmo.com and SportsmansGuide.com, will be donating the fees it was awarded to Second Amendment rights groups, according to this story by wbir.com.

"We took the Brady Center's assault against us and the Second Amendment very seriously," said Lucky Gunner in a statement. "Our goal was to protect our livelihood and to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to responsibly buy and sell ammunition online."