Firearms manufacturers sue New York

BloombergGlock Inc., Beretta U.S.A. Corp., Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. and other gun makers filed a federal lawsuit challenging a controversial New York statute that gives the state the ability to sue firearms manufacturers and sellers over gun violence.

The companies, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, allege in a suit filed Thursday in federal court in Syracuse that New York passed the law in July with the “express purpose” of circumventing Congress and trying to regulate tens of thousands of businesses operating in every state.

The gun companies allege the law clashes with the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005, which prohibits most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers over violence by people who use their products. Several legal attempts by New York to sue the industry have failed.

Federal law takes precedence here, so the New York law is likely to be struck down in federal court. But lawyers cost money, so bleeding the manufacturers with legal fees is probably part of the plan.

This entry was published Thu Dec 23 22:57:27 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-12-23 22:57:27.0. [Tweet]

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