Family sues gunmaker over stolen gun used in shooting

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Associated Press , Thursday, August 15, 2002

WORCESTER, Mass. – The family of a man killed with a handgun stolen from a Worcester gunmaker is suing the company, alleging it did not have enough security at its factory.

Relatives of Danny Guzman claim in their wrongful death suit that Kahr Arms should have done background checks on its employees and used metal detectors to keep guns from being stolen. The suit was filed Thursday in Worcester Superior Court.

Juana Hernandez, Guzman’s mother, said her son died, because a Kahr handgun “ended in the hands of criminals and killers.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages from Kahr and its parent company, One Up Enterprises, a holding company for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church.

Kahr Arms officials could not immediately be reached for comment. An employee at Kahr’s headquarters in Blauvelt, N.Y., said the company does not respond to media inquiries by telephone.

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