Gun Makers Could Be Sued More Easily Under New York Bill

Gun Makers Could Be Sued More Easily Under New York Bill

Credit…Scott Heins/Getty Images New York is on the brink of major changes for gun companies. On Tuesday, state lawmakers passed a bill that would allow civil lawsuits against firearm manufacturers and dealers who make or sell guns illegally or inappropriately. Under federal law, they retain far-reaching immunity. “This bill stands for a pretty simple proposition,” said State Senator Zellnor Myrie, who introduced the legislation and is pictured above. “If you are a member of the gun industry and you are conducting business in a reckless or unsafe way, that has consequences for the kids in Brownsville, in Crown Heights, in Rochester.” Here’s what to know: The move, which would take effect immediately if it is signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was intended to hold dealers and manufacturers accountable for the smuggling of illegal weapons into the state, supporters told my colleague Luis Ferré-Sadurní. It would create pressure to prevent the theft or illegal sale of guns, supporters said. Handguns originally purchased outside of New York, often from neighboring states with weak gun laws, have accounted for a large percentage of the guns recovered from crimes in some previous years, according to the state attorney general . Still, Republican lawmakers and members of the gun industry strongly opposed the legislation, arguing that it would not address root causes of gun violence. The move could prompt other states to follow suit, including New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy has indicated he supports a similar proposal. President Biden, too, has recently […]

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