Gun Owner, Not Thief, Could be Held Liable for Murders in New Hampshire
Saw this in my morning reading.
Article: Gunowner may be liable
In a case attorneys say has no precedent in New Hampshire, a federal appeals court is weighing whether the owner of a handgun used to kill three people at a Conway military surplus shop in July 2007 could be held liable for their murders.
Lawrence Secord didn't do enough to secure the .22-caliber handgun he kept at his camp in Wentworth Location, enabling his grandson, Michael Woodbury, to steal it and open fire in the Army Barracks store several days later, according to a lawsuit brought by the mother of one of the victims.
A federal judge decided Secord didn't have a duty to store his gun in a different manner, citing the circumstances of the case - that Woodbury had broken into Secord's cabin - and a New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling that individuals ordinarily can't be held liable for crimes committed by others.
One of the commenters nailed it:
Let's say that someone breaks into my house and steals the keys to my car. Drives that Stolen car and kills someone. Am I now guilty of vehicular homicide? Sounds stupid doesn't it, that's because it is.
Guns should be kept locked safely away when not under your direct control. Come to think of it so should lawyers.