INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court is considering whether a police officer’s lawsuit against the sporting goods store that sold a handgun later used to wound him can go forward despite a state law giving gun sellers significant immunity.
The lawsuit was filed by Indianapolis Officer Dwayne Runnels after he was wounded in a 2011 shootout during which Demetrious Martin was killed. The lawsuit argues KS&E Sports of Indianapolis improperly sold the gun to a man who then illegally sold it to Martin, who as a convicted felon couldn’t legally possess firearms.
The store’s lawyer told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that gun sellers shouldn’t be liable for actions by others.
The state appeals court sided in March with Runnels’ argument that the store didn’t exercise reasonable care in selling the gun.