Academy Sued By Texas Mother After Daughter Buys Gun Then Commits Suicide
A mother in Texas is wanting Academy Sports and Outdoors to pay for what she believes is the store's role in her daughter's death.
According to KXAN, the civil lawsuit against Academy Sports and Outdoors was filed in Travis County after the daughter purchased a gun from Academy in Austin on July 2nd. The gun was later used by the daughter to commit suicide.
It has been reported that court documents claim that the daughter struggled with "bipolar and general anxiety disorder.” Though it is not reported if the daughter told anyone at Academy that information or not.
The lawsuit claims that Academy Sports and Outdoors never should have sold her the gun or ammunition given the "condition in which she presented that Friday night.” The mother is seeking over $1 million dollars in damages, according to KXAN:
The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million, according to records.
Court records said the mother is suing for negligence, negligent hiring, training and supervision, negligent entrustment and gross negligence.
The lawsuit also requested evidence pertaining to the case be preserved. This request included statements, surveillance tapes, audiotapes, business records, investigation reports and any electronic image or information related to the incident.
It doesn't appear as though Academy Sports and Outdoors has responded to the lawsuit yet.
Holding Academy Sports and Outdoors responsible for how a customer used a firearm seems like a stretch unless there’s evidence that the customer in question admitted to mental health issues or said that she wanted to kill herself.