Kate Steinle was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez an illegal immigrant who was deported over five times.
U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero issued a 49-page order giving her family the permission to sue the federal government.
Investigators believe Lopez-Sanchez filed the fatal shot from a stolen .40-caliber government-issued firearm that had gone missing days earlier from a Bureau of Land Management officer’s personal vehicle. Taken into consideration alongside his criminal record and previous deportations, Steinle’s parents argued that the federal government failed them by allowing its employees to exhibit poor gun-safety practices in addition to ignoring its own immigration laws
The lawsuit will be about the mishandling of the gun and not immigration laws.