Luke v. A Pawn Shop | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Luke v. A Pawn Shop


Joshua Higbee was murdered in a mass shooting at his workplace on February 25, 2016. The shooter, Cedric Ford, killed three people and injured 14 during a shooting spree that began in Newton, Kansas and ended at the Excel Industries factory in Hesston, Kansas, where Joshua was working that day. Ford, a convicted felon who was prohibited from purchasing and possessing firearms, was armed with a Zastava Serbia AK-47 semi-automatic rifle and a Glock Model 22 .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. He obtained his guns through straw purchases at A Pawn Shop in Newton, Kansas.


The Brady Center filed a complaint on behalf of Joshua's estate, his wife, and his now four-year old son against A Pawn Shop in February 2018. The complaint alleges that A Pawn Shop illegally and negligently allowed Cedric Ford's ex-girlfriend, Sarah Jo Hopkins, to straw purchase the guns for him, and knew or should have known that Ms. Hopkins was a straw purchaser.

A team of attorneys led by Lynn Johnson and David Morantz of Shamberg, Johnson, & Bergman in Overland Park, Kansas and Kansas City, MO are co-counsel for the plaintiffs along with the attorneys from the Brady Center.

Read the press release announcing the filing of the suit in February 2018: Lawsuit Filed Against Kansas Pawn Shop over Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle Used in Workplace Mass Shooting.