Rival Targets McDaniel over Jonesboro Gun Lawsuit

AUGUST 2, 2006 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Dustin McDaniel's Republican rival for attorney general says McDaniel's work on a lawsuit against a gun maker when the younger McDaniel was in law school raises questions.  GOP candidate Gunner DeLay said yesterday that the suit puts a different light on McDaniels' stance on gun-rights issues as the Democratic candidate for attorney general.

DeLay said McDaniels, a state representative from Jonesboro, is trying to play down his role in the lawsuit filed against Sporting Goods Properties, formerly Remington Arms.  McDaniel's father, attorney Bobby McDaniel, filed the lawsuit after a 1998 shooting that killed four middle school students and an English teacher at Westside Middle School.  The lawsuit was filed while Dustin McDaniel was in law school, but he said he did some work on the case.

The suit named Remington because it produced one of the guns used in the shootings.  The company was dismissed from the suit in May 2000.

DeLay said yesterday at Hot Springs that the action was a political lawsuit with a political agenda, to send a message to the gun industry.

McDaniel called DeLay's criticisms absurd, and said they were an effort to distract from the first day of initial enrollment of the Arkansas Rx program, created by legislation sponsored by McDaniel.

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