The owner of Innovations Automotive, a Houston body shop, is learning first-hand about the law of premises liability. Charged late last week with having a firearm accessible to a child and scheduled to appear for a court date later this month, Milton Almanza faces criminal charges – and could face civil charges, too – stemming from the tragic and unfortunate death of a 10-year-old boy. The victim, Kenneth Govea, fatally shot himself with a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol he found in Mr. Almanza’s shop.
The tragic case of the boy, the shop owner, and the gun are important for business owners throughout the state of Texas. Simply put, the law of premises liability makes owners legally responsible for the dangers associated with their shop. For Mr. Almanza, the tool that he hoped would give his shop greater security is actually the weapon that could cost him time in jail and thousands of dollars in civil damages.
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