Judge in Las Vegas Shooting Case Seeks State Ruling on Gun Makers’ Immunity

Judge in Las Vegas Shooting Case Seeks State Ruling on Gun Makers’ Immunity

Sponsored by Insurance Journal A U.S. judge is asking Nevada’s highest court to decide whether state law allows gun manufacturers and sellers to be held liable for deaths as he considers a lawsuit from the parents of a victim of the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s modern history. Federal law generally protects gun manufacturers and dealers when crimes are committed with their products. A negligence and wrongful death lawsuit filed last year in Las Vegas accuses eight firearms makers and several shops in Nevada and Utah of letting weapons be easily modified to fire like automatic weapons. A shooter in 2017 outfitted weapons with “bump stock” attachments that let him fire in rapid succession from a Las Vegas high-rise hotel into an open-air concert crowd, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others. The wrongful death lawsuit places blame for the mass shooting on the manufacturers and dealers who plaintiffs allege knew the weapons could be converted into rapid-firing machines. MGM Resorts International reached an out-of-court $800 million settlement resolving lawsuits in at least 10 states. MGM Resorts acknowledged no liability for the massacre. MGM Resorts alleges accuses Zurich American Insurance Co. of failing to pay defense costs for damage claims stemming from the 2017 shooting. U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon asked last month for the ruling from the Nevada Supreme Court, saying there are “important public policy ramifications.” A hearing has not yet been set. “I am particularly concerned,” Gordon wrote, that attorneys for the gun makers […]

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