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Calif. judge allows 2019 shooting victims and families to sue gun manufacturer, retailer

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, right, is hugged as he leaves a news conference at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Poway, Calif. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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Superior Court Judge Kenneth Medel announced on Wednesday that victims and families of the 2019 synagogue shooting near San Diego, can now sue manufacturer Smith & Wesson, who made the AR-15 used in the attack.

Judge Medel said the nation’s largest gun maker knew it’s product could be modified into a machine-gun-like weapon, violating California state law. Smith & Wesson also allegedly marketed the weapon to those underage on social media and in video game advertisements.

Mourners Troy and Katie McKinney and their son Wynn look over a make-shift memorial across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Poway, California. (SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Additionally, the judge said the retailer, San Diego Guns, could be sued for selling to the 19-year-old suspect, violating California’s minimum age requirement of 21.

John Earnest opened fire during the last day of Passover services at the Chabad of Poway synagogue. The 2019 shooting killed one person and wounded three others.

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