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Eric's Law: Ending Celebrities' and Performers' Backstage Pass for Weapons Checks

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Last year, a concert promoter named Eric Johnson was shot five times - police still have not located the suspect - while backstage at a Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy concert. It is thought that a member of Young Jeezy's entourage was the shooter.

Eric's Law would put an end to this sort of thing.

Eric's Law would make it so celebrities and performers, their security personnel, and their entourage, would all undergo weapons checks. "No one should be exempt from that," Eric's cousin said in a KRON 4 News segment.

The Change.org Petition

As Vince Cestone and Maureen Kelly report for KRON 4, Eric's family is using Change.org to petition federal lawmakers to consider this law.

"In this country," Eric's mother writes, "if you are famous, or identified as a person with the celebrity entourage even if you behave recklessly and violently, you and those with you are never subjected to security and safety inspection. We must move with urgency to change this practice."

Similar Ties to the Bryan Stow Case

Tom Girardi and Chris Aumais of Girardi | Keese represented Bryan Stow in his lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2011, Stow was beaten by two other fans in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, from which he suffered traumatic and permanent brain injury. In Stow's multimillion-dollar suit, he alleged inadequate and negligent security.

It is difficult to ignore the similarities in the Johnson family's wrongful death suit against Shoreline Amphitheatre, which involved the type of poor security that lead to Eric's shooting.

As in the Stow case, Tom Girardi and Chris Aumais are lead attorneys on this case. Though Girardi | Keese is pursuing compensation on behalf of Eric's family for his death in connection with the lack of security at Shoreline Amphitheatre - which might cause Shoreline Amphitheatre to make internal changes to its security procedures - we sincerely hope that this case also spurs lawmakers toward enacting Eric's Law.

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