BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A $3.75 million lawsuit against the company that allegedly sold gunman Jiverly Wong weapons and ammunition before his rampage at a Binghamton immigrant center that killed 13 people has been transferred from state to federal court.
The Press and Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports that Samir Muhammad Al-Salihi filed a suit in state court seeking payment from Gander Mountain Inc. for pain and suffering experienced by his wife, Layla Salman Khalil, who died in the April 2009 attack. He alleges that Gander Mountain ignored signs of Wong’s mental instability when he was a customer.
The Minnesota-based company last week requested that the case be moved to federal court, partially because of federal laws protecting firearms sales.
Gander has said the firearms in question were purchased legally.
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