Steur, 49, was on her way to work when she was shot, the lawsuit states. As a result, she suffered significant gunshot injuries, with a bullet entering through her buttocks, fracturing part of her spine just above her tailbone and ripping through rectum, her attorney Sanford Rubenstein told CNN.
“She has a colostomy bag and sustained permanent physical and psychological damage,” Rubenstein said.
Lawsuit takes aim at gun manufacturer’s marketing
In the lawsuit, Steur’s attorneys argue Glock’s marketing campaign emphasizes the high capacity and ease of concealing its firearms — an “appeal to prospective purchasers with criminal intent.”
The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleges Glock strategically advertises its products through placement in movies and rap music.
The lawsuit also alleges that the makers of Glock firearms are aware mass shootings have become “a frightening yet predictable part of modern life,” and knowing this, Glock sells its firearms to the civilian market knowing they might end up in the hands of “individuals unfit to operate.”
CNN reached out to Glock Inc. and the National Rifle Association for comment but has not heard back.
According to the suit, Steur’s attorneys are asking the gun manufacturer to “institute and carry out policies, practices, and programs which eradicate the effects of its past and present unlawful marketing and distribution practices” as well as asking for financial compensation for “the physical pain and suffering, permanent physical injuries, emotional pain, suffering, mental anguish, embarrassment, and isolation” resulting from the gunmaker’s “unlawful marketing and distribution practices.”
“The lawsuit … is an effort to hold accountable to a victim a gun manufacturer whose marketing strategies we alleviate, results in guns being put in the hands of those who kill and maim innocent victims,” Rubenstein, Steur’s attorney, said in a statement Tuesday. “Those who manufacture and distribute guns have a moral responsibility to work with government to end the epidemic of gun violence and mass killings in our county.”