A murder in DuPage County last year has now generated a lawsuit against the website that advertised the gun that was used. Jitka Vesel of Westmont was murdered in a parking lot in Oak Brook last year by a stalker. The offender, Dmitry Smirnov of Surrey, B.C., Canada, pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison. Now, the victim’s brother, Alex Vesely, backed by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, is suing Armslist.com.
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Brady Center Lawyer Jonathan E. Lowy explains: “The complaint alleges that in this case, the person who illegally sold the gun to Jitka’s killer posted the listing on Armslist, and that is how Jitka’s killer came to illegally obtain the gun,” he said. The transaction was illegal because the buyer was in Canada.
Lowy says this is the first lawsuit of its kind, so there’s no telling what the result will be. He says the laws regarding gun sales are inadequate, so it is necessary to bring civil liability upon those who facilitate crime, either knowingly or by looking the other way. Lowy says reputable sites such as eBay and Craig’s List don’t allow gun ads. Armslist is based in Oklahoma. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Cook County.
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