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Armslist Lawsuit Seeks to Punish Online Gun Seller, Narrow Loophoole in Law [View all]

Source: The Daily Beast

Armslist Lawsuit Seeks to Punish Online Gun Seller, Narrow Loophoole in Law
Dec 13, 2012 4:45 AM EST

A lawsuit against Armslist accusing the Internet firearms marketplace of negligence in allowing a man to purchase a gun he later used to kill is designed to help plug a legal loophole that allows criminals to buy guns from private sellers without a background check.

On April 13th, 2011, Jitka Vesel was walking to her car when she saw a man she knew running toward her, shooting at her with a handgun.

Vesel threw coffee at her attacker and began to run away, but he pursued her and shot her in the back and in the back of the head, killing her and leaving her corpse so disfigured that local police would not allow Vesel’s family to see her body. Vesel was killed by Demetry Smirnov, a man she had met on the Internet and who had stalked her for years after she allegedly ended their brief romantic relationship.

Smirnov bought the .40-caliber handgun he used to kill Vesel via Armslist, an online firearms marketplace that has tens of thousands of guns listed, with no fees, no auctions—and no enforced background checks for buyers.





Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/13/armslist-lawsuit-seeks-to-punish-online-gun-seller-narrow-loophoole-in-law.html

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