So this week’s Gunblog Variety Cast I covered an interview with Sandy Phillips on a panel of “Mothers Against Gun Violence”. (I reposed the show below for listening or download)
Sandy Phillips…The Judge on the First Motion dismissed the case and left us with originally $264,000, but he was kind enough to $203,000…
JuJu Chang Host: And you had to pay the ammo company?
Sandy Phillips: Well we haven’t and we won’t [Laughs]
That is really disgusting! They take a law-abiding and upstanding company like Lucky Gunner to court simply to be a bludgeon against them, and any other company that wants to engage in lawful commerce in guns or ammunition. Like the Clinton Era lawsuits that spawned the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, victory was never considered as a likely outcome, instead the purpose was to tie Lucky Gunner up in a lengthy and expensive lawsuit that could either be used to force political compliance, or simply bankrupt the company. Also to send a message to similar law-abiding companies that they too must submit or be forced into similar dead-end trials.
(4) To prevent the use of such lawsuits to impose unreasonable burdens on interstate and foreign commerce.
So I decided to reach out to Lucky Gunner this weekend and talk about this, and request an official statement. They were kind enough to send one to me:
“By their own admission, this lawsuit was orchestrated and funded by the Brady Center and it appears that the Brady Center intends to leave the Phillips paying the bill.
We take the Brady Center’s attack on the Second Amendment very seriously and spent our own money defending against their attacks. As of today, the Phillips have yet to pay a single dollar as ordered by the court.
As we’ve promised – when the Brady Center does pay, the funds will be invested in protecting against future assaults on the rights of Americans.”
The couple is currently living out of an RV, likely as means to keep their assets from being seized for non-compliance with the law.
And as Lucky Gunner stated, this lawsuit was the Brady Campaign’s doing, but they have no interest in paying for the damage they created.