New York poised to make it easier to sue gun makers. What would change

New York poised to make it easier to sue gun makers. What would change

ALBANY – New York’s passage of gun-control bills in recent days included a measure that would crack down on illegal sales, making it easier to sue gun manufacturers. Gun-control advocates praised the measure as the first in the nation aimed at disrupting the flow of illegally trafficked firearms into New York from other states by allowing lawsuits against gun manufacturers. The bill now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for final approval. “Over 74% of all guns recovered from violent crimes and shootings in New York are trafficked in from out-of-state,” Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement, citing state statistics from the Attorney General’s Office. “Right now, only one industry in the United States enjoys blanket immunity from civil liability under federal law for negligence in the use of their products: the gun industry." Lawmakers pointed to a federal law, the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, that prohibits states from applying civil liability laws to gun manufacturers to allow victims of gun violence to sue them. But lawmakers said the new bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly in recent days, capitalizes on a section of the federal law that includes a “predicate exception,” which allows states to pass their own laws to reinstate some liability on manufacturers. The goal, supporters said, is to try to pressure gun companies to crack down on illegal sales and corrupt gun dealers. “Today is a historic day for the people of New York,” […]

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