Mo. Supreme Court rules mother can sue Odessa pawn shop for selling gun to mentally ill daughter

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled a mother can sue a pawn shop for selling her mentally ill daughter a gun she used to fatally shoot her father.

Police charged Colby Sue Weathers, 38, with first-degree murder in the June 27th shooting death of her father, Tex C. Delana, 60.

Police charged Colby Sue Weathers, 38, with first-degree murder in the June 27th shooting death of her father, Tex C. Delana, 60.

Colby Sue Weathers shot and killed her father in 2012 on the day she bought the gun. She is schizophrenic and later was committed to a state mental institution.

Weathers' mother Janet Delana had asked Odessa Gun & Pawn not to sell her daughter the gun.

Attorney Alla Lefkowitz of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says the ruling means Missouri dealers can be held accountable for selling firearms irresponsibly.

Odessa Gun & Pawn attorney Kevin Jamison says the ruling is concerning for firearms sellers, who he says have relied on background checks when determining whether to sell guns.