Gunmakers Lose Legal Challenge Against Industry Lawsuits
A federal judge in New York tossed out a lawsuit by a group of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that challenged the constitutionality of a state law allowing people effected by gun violence to sue the industry.
U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino in Albany, New York issued the ruling.
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) issued a statement calling the ruling “a moment of light and hope” after two notorious mass shootings in the past week.
The measure was signed into law by former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) last summer. It was meant to overcome legal shields that have prevented the industry from lawsuits related to gun violence up to this point in time, according to Reuters.
The law allows firearm sellers, manufacturers and distributors to be sued by governments or individuals for creating a “public nuisance” that endangers the public’s safety or health.
The gun industry argued the law improperly imposes liability on companies across the country due to the actions of criminals in New York.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation said in a statement it was disappointed with the ruling and intends to appeal. It was joined in the suit by companies including Glock Inc and Beretta USA.