Five gun dealers and distributors have agreed to change sales practices in California in ways that that gun-control advocates hope will keep firearms off the black market, the Associated Press reports. The settlement of a lawsuit filed by a dozen cities and counties will result in steps that “go above and beyond current federal and state law to prevent firearms from being sold into the underground market in California,” said the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which represented the plaintiffs.
The case marked the first time gun dealers and distributors agreed to alter their business practices in response to claims from cities and counties, said the Brady Center’s Dennis Henigan. Similar lawsuits are pending around the nation.
The suit accused dealers, distributors and manufacturers of illegally failing to enforce sales practices that would make it harder for so-called straw purchasers, or front men who buy arms for gun traffickers. Manufacturers were dismissed from the law suit.
Among reforms agreed to by various defendants: no longer selling firearms at gun shows, training workers on how to track inventory, verifying buyers’ identities, blocking sales to “straw purchasers,” selling only to storefront gun dealers, taking extra steps to verify dealer licenses and restricting assault weapons sales.