Academy Sports + Outdoors filed a petition with the court on Tuesday, arguing that federal laws protect it from liability for its April 2016 sale of a rifle and two magazines to gunman Devin Kelley. A year and a half later, he used them in the November 2017 attack that left 26 dead and 20 wounded at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. In its petition, the company cites the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Academy wants the court to undo two lower-court rulings upholding the lawsuits against the company, arguing the federal law bars any lawsuits against the company for legal firearm sales.
Paul Cobler, The Dallas Morning News 06/14/2019