New California Law Targets Gun Manufacturers

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( – Defying an existing federal law that exempts gun manufacturers from being sued when the weapons they create and sell are used in crimes while simultaneously angering gun rights advocates, the State of California just enacted a law that will allow residents to sue gun manufacturers.

As The Washington Times lays out in “New California law allows civil litigation against gun manufacturers”:

“A California bill signed into law Tuesday will allow residents to sue the manufacturers of guns that are used in crimes.

A 2005 federal law prevents gun manufacturers from civil litigation when their products are used in crimes. The office of Gov. Gavin Newsom said the new state law uses an exemption to the federal law that allows firearms makers or sellers to be sued for violating state laws on the sale or marketing of guns.” [emphasis added]

In a statement released about the new law that argues guns should be treated just like any other product, California Governor Gavin Newsom said:

“To the victims of gun violence and their families: California stands with you. The gun industry can no longer hide from the devastating harm their products cause. Our kids, families and communities deserve streets free of gun violence and gun makers must be held accountable for their role in this crisis. Nearly every industry is held liable when people are hurt or killed by their products — guns should be no different.”

What is your opinion about California enacting a law that will allow residents there to sue gun manufacturers when their products are used in crimes? Do you think the new law violates the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution? Please share your thoughts by emailing [email protected]. Thank you.