Cabela Faces Lawsuit from Parents of Massachusetts Man Shot with Gun he Purchased

Cabela Faces Lawsuit from Parents of Massachusetts Man Shot with Gun he Purchased

A news story says that the parents of a 20-year-old man from Massachusetts who died in 2020 have sued Cabela’s in Massachusetts’s Worcester Superior Court. They want more than $1 million because they say he bought a gun from the store without showing an FID card or license to carry.

Cabela Faces Lawsuit from Parents of Massachusetts Man Shot with Gun He Purchased. An FID card is a firearms identification card in Massachusetts that lets you buy, own, and move rifles, shotguns, and ammunition that don’t have a large capacity.

The parents of Justin Fillios filed an amended civil suit on April 19 to hold the company, shop, and employee who sold the gun to Fillios responsible for “carelessness, recklessness, and gross negligence” that led to Fillios’ death, according to MassLive.

The newspaper said that Fillios died on February 3, 2020, at UMass Memorial Medical Center after shooting himself with an 1851 Pietta.44 caliber black powder revolver. The gun, ammo, powder, and other supplies had been bought three days earlier at a Cabela’s store in Hudson, Massachusetts.

At 5:30 a.m. on February 1, Fillios took the gun to a friend’s house and tried to “unjam or dislodge ammunition” from it. The gun went off, and a lead ball went through his chin and into his head, according to the report.

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MassLive said that when police asked about the transaction, the lawsuit said that the general manager at Cabella’s said the shop worker made a mistake by not asking the 20-year-old to show an FID card or license to carry while he was making the purchase.

Cabela Faces Lawsuit from Parents of Massachusetts Man Shot with Gun he Purchased
Cabela Faces Lawsuit from Parents of Massachusetts Man Shot with Gun he Purchased

His death notice said that Justin was proud of his time at the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough and that he was involved with the Central Mass Young Marines. His parents and three brothers were the only ones who lived after him.

The obituary said:

“Justin was very much a free spirit, known for his spontaneity and high energy. He loved to be on the go. Justin’s special gift was sharing his heart with others. He had a keen awareness of others’ needs and was always willing to help. He was thoughtful, empathetic, and selfless. His joy was in giving to others in need,” 

No one from Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops could be reached right away for comment. Bass Pro Shops owns Cabela’s. In Berks County, there is a Bass Pro in Swatara Township and a Cabela’s in Tilden Township.

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