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Gun makers lose challenge to Latest York law allowing lawsuits against industry


Guns confiscated at Latest York City public schools are displayed at a news conference with Mayor Eric Adams at police headquarters to talk about guns in public schools in Latest York City on May 25, 2022 in Latest York City.

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A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit by a bunch of gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers difficult the constitutionality of a Latest York law that enables the state and folks affected by gun violence to sue the industry.

U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino in Albany rejected a request by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and gun manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co, to enjoin enforcement of the statute.

The ruling got here a day after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school, the newest in a spate of mass shootings, prompting renewed calls by Democrats for tougher gun regulations.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group for the firearms industry, didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

Democratic former Latest York Governor Andrew Cuomo last July signed into law a measure that seeks to beat legal hurdles which have largely shielded the industry from lawsuits related to gun violence.

The law allows firearm sellers, manufacturers and distributors to be sued by the state, cities or individuals for making a “public nuisance” that endangers the general public’s safety and health.

The gun industry group argued the law wrongly imposes liability on firms operating anywhere within the country that make, sell or market guns or ammunition which might be misused by criminals in Latest York.

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