Put the safety on: While a federal court rules wisely on a gun-industry accountability law, Republicans running for governor keep their heads down

Put the safety on: While a federal court rules wisely on a gun-industry accountability law, Republicans running for governor keep their heads down

May 27, 2022 by New York Daily News

Key Facts

  • Lawyers for Beretta, Hornaday, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Company misfired in federal court, as a federal judge Wednesday dismissed their challenge to a state law allowing civil lawsuits against firearm manufacturers whose negligence endangers public safety.
  • The wise statute, drafted by state Sen. Zellnor Myrie and signed by Gov. Cuomo last summer, allows civil actions against any firearm company on the grounds that its actions recklessly endanger the public or fail to put in place reasonable controls against illegal gun marketing, sales and possession.
  • It was inspired by the aggressive use of a Connecticut consumer protection law barring irresponsible marketing, which yielded a $73 million settlement by Sandy Hook family members against Remington in February.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by elected officials and advocates, makes an announcement and signs executive orders making gun violence a public health emergency in New York State at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on July 6, 2021.

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