Gun Control Group Cites First Ruling Allowing Gun-Maker Liability Under 2005 U.S. Law


A former high school athlete in New York State who was shot in 2003 may sue the companies that made and distributed the handgun used in the crime under an appellate court ruling that gun control advocates say will keep irresponsible gun makers and sellers from taking advantage of a federal law shielding them from lawsuits, reports the Associated Press.

The ruling by a New York appeals court reversed a lower court’s dismissal of victim Daniel Williams’ complaint, which accused Ohio gun maker Hi-Point and distributor MKS Supply Inc. of Ohio of intentionally supplying handguns to irresponsible dealers because they profited from sales to the criminal gun market. It is the first case in which a court has held that a gun manufacturer may be held liable under the 2005 federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, says the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which brought the appeal.

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