California Governor Signs Bill Allowing Victims to Sue Gun Manufacturers, Sellers – Los Angeles

Californians who have been affected by gun violence in California will soon be able sue firearm sellers and manufacturers for any harm they cause.

California Governor. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1594, co-authored by state Assemblymembers Phil Ting of San Francisco, Mike A. Gipson of Carson, and Chris Ward of San Diego.

“Gun manufacturers & distributors have been shielded from the mass destruction they cause for too long,”Newsom stated this in a tweet that included a video of Newsom holding up the bill signed. “Today, CA changes that. I just signed a bill that will allow victims of gun violence to sue the makers of these deadly weapons & hold them accountable.”

The bill is now a law. “allows individuals, local governments and the California Attorney General”According to A release about the bill.

Federally, the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is (PLCAA). “largely shields firearm manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits when people use their products illegally, such as by shooting someone,” NBC News Reported April 2021.

Others industries include “pharmaceutical makers and airlines, have special immunity from some types of lawsuits,”Contrary to President Joe Biden’s comments last year, which stated that the firearm industry had unique protections,

Moreover, gun manufacturers have some protections under the PLCAA. However, they are still subject to lawsuits as demonstrated by the settlement between Sandy Hook parents, Remington and Remington.

The California bill is a significant step forward in terms of legal issues that gun manufacturers might face.

“AB 1594 utilizes an exemption to the federal statute that allows gun makers or sellers to be sued for violations of state laws concerning the sale or marketing of firearms,”This release explains.

“For far too long, the firearms industry has enjoyed federal immunity from civil lawsuits, providing them no incentive for them to follow our laws,”Ting spoke out in the release regarding the bill.

“Hitting their bottom line may finally compel them to step up to reduce gun violence by preventing illegal sales and theft.”

California isn’t the first state in the country to create a law that allows residents to sue gun companies at the state and federal levels. A federal judge in May A lawsuit against New York was dismissedby the National Shooting Sports Foundation to a similar state statute there.

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