The Brady Center has been ordered to pay the legal fees of defendants in a failed lawsuit that defied the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Brady attempted to hold Lucky Gunner, the Sportsman’s Guide and BTP Arms responsible for the actions of accused Aurora, Colo., theater mass murderer James Holmes.
In ordering Brady to pay $203,000, Senior District Judge Richard Matsch criticized the organization for misusing the court to further its own political agenda: “The Brady Center may be pursuing a righteous cause, but the defendants should not have to bear the burden of defending themselves in this inappropriate forum.”
In announcing the settlement on June 17, Matsch wrote, “Those who ignite a fire should be responsible for the cost of suppressing it before it becomes a conflagration.”
The Brady Campaign lost a similar lawsuit against Armslist.com in August 2014.
Miami Armed Citizen Chases Intruder Under Mattress
22-year-old Jesus Varela broke into a Miami Beach, Fla., apartment June 16 and attacked the 72-year-old occupant, who was preparing a meal for himself and feeding his dog.
According to a story posted on WLPG’s Local10.com, the occupant told Varela to leave, but Varela grabbed him by the neck and knocked him down. Details are sketchy, but when the occupant grabbed his .22-caliber pistol and fired a shot in his direction, Varela retreated to a bedroom. Varela wasn’t hit, but fell to the ground and hid … under a mattress.
Neighbors came to the occupant’s aid, subduing Varela until the police arrived. Varela faces charges of burglary and aggravated assault on a person 65 years of age or older.