BK Senator’s Gun Control Bill Would be First U.S. Law to End Legal Immunity for Gun Dealers

BK Senator’s Gun Control Bill Would be First U.S. Law to End Legal Immunity for Gun Dealers

Marchers rallied against the spike in gun violence in Crown Heights. Photo: Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez for BK Reader. With the deadline looming on New York state’s legislative session, Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D – 20th District) is urgently navigating a gun control bill he authored through the legislative process. The proposed legislation would allow civil liability lawsuits against gun makers and dealers who negligently allow their weapons to end up on New York streets. Myrie told BK Reader it was a shame that federal law allows accountability of most industries, such as pharmaceuticals, automobile and tobacco, but “grants only one industry – the gun industry—near blanket immunity.” “At a time that gun violence is skyrocketing in Brooklyn and around the nation, we simply cannot afford to let the industry that produces these dangerous weapons off the hook any longer,” he added. On May 18, Myrie applauded his colleagues on the Senate Consumer Protection Committee for advancing his gun industry accountability bill , which was headed to the full Senate for a vote. It must also pass the state Assembly before landing on the governor’s desk for enactment. Sen. Zellnor Myrie leads gun control bill rally. Photo: Elite Learners Inc. Federal law currently shields the gun industry from most lawsuits while allowing states to enact their own laws to bypass the federal statute. However, no state has successfully drafted legislation that passed federal court challenges. In 2008, a federal appeals court dismissed a New York City lawsuit against gun makers. […]

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