Local governments have filed lawsuits that try to hold firearms manufacturers responsible for gun violence on city streets. They have either been dismissed by courts or dropped, until the Indiana Supreme Court ruled last week that a lawsuit filed by the city of Gary can proceed toward trial, reports the Indianapolis Star. That leaves Gary as the last plaintiff standing among more than 30 cities and states that have sued the gun industry over the past decade.
Gary, a city of 96,000 with one of the nation’s highest homicide rates, filed its lawsuit in 1999. It argues that gun manufacturers and several gun dealers are liable for gun violence because they readily supply handguns they know will reach criminals, juveniles and others forbidden from buying them, and cast a “willful blindness” toward a lucrative illegal trade. Defendants vehemently deny any improper conduct.