On Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed in South Florida by more than 48 survivors and families of deceased victims of the June 12, 2016 terror attack at the Orlando Pulse nightclub. The federal lawsuit names the terrorist’s employer and wife. The lawsuit is expected to be challenging, but the plaintiffs say they are ready for it.
The claims in the lawsuit, brought forth by personal injury attorney Antonio Romanucci, state that Omar Mateen’s employer was well aware of his mental instabilities but continued to allow him to carry a weapon on his job as a security guard at G4S.
“Mateen gave out so many warnings that someone should have reined this guy in,” Romanucci said. “They should have said, ‘You are not stable. You shouldn’t have a weapon.’”
The wife of Mateen is named in the lawsuit as an accomplice because she was aware about the plans to attack the Pulse nightclub in advance, but kept it a secret. The Sandy Hook families had filed a lawsuit after the December 2012 massacre against the maker of the AR-15, which is the type of weapon used to kill many teachers and children. The lawsuit was dismissed because of the Protection of Law Commerce in Arms Act (2005) which protects gun manufacturers from frivolous suits against firearms legally made and legally sold.