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If someone commits a crime with your gun, are you liable?

We were out shooting, me and my brother in law. The gun we were using is mine and it's totally legal (I've got a FOID card and the gun is registered). While I was asleep he was doing some shooting and accidently messed up these people's property. He wasn't shooting at the house or anything, it was just a freak accident where the bullet ricocheted. There was a window broken too. Am I going to be liable because I'm the owner of the gun?

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    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    You are not liable for his careless and negligent use of the weapon. He should know that bullets can ricochet off and hard object and he could have killed someone. This was no "freak accident" as he was shooting at a house and it very likely that a bullet would bounce off a tree or fence and hit the house, go through a window or hit a person in the yard or house.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 2/24/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    If should his problem. It sounds like you did not do anything wrong.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/26/2013
    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    It's anybody's guess, but law enforcement might believe that the person who owns the gun committed the crime. Also series of aiding and abetting and conspiracy can result in criminal liability for someone who helps the perpetrator.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 1/24/2013
    Richard Williams | Law Office of Richard Williams
    301 Government Street, Suite 104
    Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 272-3765
    I don't see where you could be held accountable based on what you have stated.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 1/23/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    I doubt you are liable. Actually, this is a civil question which is not proper in this forum, but I do not see a cause of action being lodged against you for the damages, assuming the gun was not defective, which could reflect on your negligence in using or letting another use it.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 1/23/2013
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