DOJ appeal in Texas mass shooting case pleases NRA and puzzles gun control advocates


A District Court ruled in 2021 that the government was 60% responsible for the massacre after shooter Devin Kelley, was discharged from the Air Force after a felony conviction comma, wasn’t entered into the national database that would have prevented him from buying a gun.  A judge also said the government owed victims $230 million in damages.

But in court documents filed this week, the Department of Justice pushed back on paying damages and denied that they were primarily responsible for the shooting — a move that gun control advocates say not only harms victims and their families, but is also a backwards step for the Biden administration’s own stance on gun control policy.

“We think that the government should hold itself accountable for its failures in this case, and I think they should provide these families with the small piece of justice they deserve,” Erin Davis, senior counsel at Brady, a gun control advocacy organization, told NPR.

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