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Federal Judge Allows Lawsuits Against Gun Makers in Washington

A federal judge has allowed lawsuits to proceed against gun manufacturers and sellers in Washington state under a recently enacted law aimed at holding the industry accountable for irresponsible business practices.

Law’s Provisions

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The state law requires gun companies to take reasonable precautions to prevent weapons from ending up with dangerous individuals or straw buyers who purchase guns for others prohibited from owning them.

Suing for Violations

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It permits the state attorney general or private citizens, such as families of shooting victims, to sue for violations under Washington’s consumer protection statutes.

Trade Group’s Lawsuit

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearm industry trade association, filed a lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.

Claims in Lawsuit

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The group argued that the law violates its members’ Second Amendment and free speech rights. However, U.S. District Judge Mary K. Dimke dismissed the case, ruling the trade group lacked legal standing to contest the law.

Reason for Dismissal

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The judge noted that the group’s members are not currently being sued under the law and have not expressed intentions to violate its provisions.

State AG’s Statement  

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Bob Ferguson, Washington’s Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate, stated that the law safeguards citizens from gun violence by guaranteeing accountability for negligent actions that harm the communities.

Federal Protection Law

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In 2005, Congress passed a law protecting gun makers and sellers from liability lawsuits. However, federal law permits states to create exemptions allowing certain liability cases against the gun industry.

Four Other States 

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Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and California have also enacted laws enabling some lawsuits against gun companies.  

Additional State Gun Laws

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Last year, Washington state also banned sales of various semi-automatic firearms and imposed a 10-day holding period on all gun transactions. Legal challenges to those other state gun laws are pending in the courts.  

Mass Shooting Data  

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So far, the U.S. has seen ten mass killings, nine of them mass shootings resulting in at least 47 deaths, based on the criteria of more than four victims killed in 24 hours, excluding perpetrators.

No Trade Group Comment

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The Connecticut-based National Shooting Sports Foundation did not immediately comment on the ruling after business hours on Friday.

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