Gun makers lose challenge to New York law allowing lawsuits against industry

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  • A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a New York law that allows the state and those affected by gun violence to sue the industry.
  • The lawsuit came from a group of gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
  • The law allows firearms sellers, manufacturers and distributors to be prosecuted by states, cities or individuals for creating a “public nuisance” that endangers the safety and health of the public.

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A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by a group of gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers challenging the constitutionality of a New York law that allows the state and those affected by gun violence to sue the industry.

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US District Judge May D’Agostino in Albany dismissed requests by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and gun manufacturers including Smith & Wesson & Sturm, Ruger & Company to enforce the law.

The decision came a day after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults in a Texas elementary school, the latest in mass shootings, prompting renewed calls for stricter gun rules by Democrats.

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group for the firearms industry, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Democratic former New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law last July a measure that seeks to remove legal hurdles that have largely avoided the industry from lawsuits related to gun violence.

The law allows firearms sellers, manufacturers and distributors to be prosecuted by states, cities or individuals for creating a “public nuisance” that endangers the safety and health of the public.

The gun industry group argued that the law unfairly places liability on companies operating anywhere in the country that make, sell, or market guns or ammunition misused by criminals in New York.

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