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Judge tosses lawsuit of slain Pa. gun advocate

November 3, 2010

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HARRISBURG, Pa.—A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania soccer mom who symbolized the national gun-rights debate before she was killed in a murder-suicide.

Meleanie Hain's license to carry a weapon was revoked in 2008 after parents complained she endangered the community by openly carrying a gun to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer games.

A judge later reinstated the permit. But Hain and her husband sued Lebanon County Sheriff Michael DeLeo, claiming they suffered emotional distress and lost customers for her home baby-sitting service.

U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane tossed the lawsuit Tuesday. It had been continued by Hain's estate.

Hain's husband, Scott, fatally shot her in October 2009 at their home before killing himself.

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