AUSTIN, Texas — It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in February 2016 and two women were relaxing in their car in rural Travis County, Texas, when a black SUV pulled up and fired at them.
The women, both 29, were struck in the chest and died in hospital.
The men, both 26, survived.
They had been killed by a high-powered rifle, according to the Travis County medical examiner’s office, but the gun was never found.
The case was one of a handful of instances in the United States in which a white male, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, was killed by an individual armed with an AR-15 or similar weapon.
The gunman was identified only as 26-year-old Joshua D. Allen of New Braunfels, Texas.
He was the third person to be killed by the AR-1, a rifle designed to accept high-capacity magazines and allow the user to fire more than 10 rounds in rapid succession.
Allen was not charged with a crime, but his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the gun manufacturer and its manufacturer, Smith & Garland, Texas-based Sturm, Ruger &.; Lohner, alleging that the AR series, which includes the AR15 and the AR10, was designed to kill indiscriminately.
While many of the lawsuits are still pending, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a lawsuit last month against Sturm Ruger, claiming that the gun company knowingly failed to warn potential customers that the weapons could be used to kill people and was negligent in not informing them of the potential dangers.
The lawsuit alleges that the company knew that the guns could be loaded with bullets that could penetrate the body.
In addition, it alleges that Sturm’s marketing materials for the AR rifles advertised the weapons’ ability to kill with “less than a third of the energy of an average bullet.”
In a statement, the company called the lawsuit “false and baseless,” and said that “in the years since it was filed, the case has been resolved and all claims against Sturmans have been dropped.”
The lawsuit also states that the victims were killed by “a violent act of domestic terrorism.”
“I think it’s unfortunate that they’re just trying to get money,” said Mike Williams, who has been involved in legal action against Sturms since his son was killed in 2006.
“They’re not trying to hurt people.
They’re trying to protect people.”
Williams is an attorney who represents the family of a woman he believes was killed with an assault rifle.
In the days after the shootings, Williams and other gun rights advocates were still trying to raise awareness about the ARs and the dangers they posed.
Williams said he believes the AR was “designed to kill as quickly as possible,” and that the “real danger is the potential for the weapon to be used by people with a propensity for violence.”
He added that the families of the victims should be able to sue Sturm for negligence, saying that while the families have the right to sue, the right of the people to know about them is not.
“There’s a lot of people out there who are buying these things, and they don’t know what the risks are,” Williams said.
Even as gun violence has continued to rise, the AR has proven to be a popular purchase for many Americans.
According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there were more than 2.7 million AR-style rifles in circulation in the U.S. in 2014.
In 2015, the U,S.
was the sixth-most-popular market for AR-type rifles, with sales totaling $9.6 billion.
According the ATF, ARs are used in about 10 percent of all U.K. firearm transactions.
For decades, Sturm has sold AR-shaped guns to the military, law enforcement, law firms, private security companies, hunting and sporting goods stores, and the military.
The company’s products are marketed as having better sights, a better trigger, better accuracy, and a longer barrel.
A Sturm spokesman declined to comment.
Since the AR first came on the market in the 1990s, the gun has become a popular choice among law enforcement and military personnel.
The weapon has also become popular among hunters and sporting enthusiasts, who have used it to shoot ducks, rabbits, and other game in remote areas and to defend themselves and their families from intruders.
In recent years, the popularity of ARs has grown in popularity among the general public.
In 2013, the number of AR-equipped civilian firearms in the US grew by more than 3 million, according the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.