The Supreme Court has refused to block a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer, for criminal use of the weapons. Link
Supreme Court refuses to block lawsuit against gunmakers
03/10/2005 - 17:42:18
The US Supreme Court today refused to block a lawsuit against gun manufacturers accused of negligence for firearms violence in the US capital.
An appeals court had said that the city of Washington’s government and individual gun victims, including a man who was left a quadriplegic after being shot in 1997, could sue under a Washington law that says gun manufacturers can be held accountable for violence from assault weapons.
The high court had been asked over the summer to use the case to strike down the statute, which gunmakers said interfered with their right to sell lawful products.
The lawsuit could still be voided by a new federal law, however.
The Senate voted in July to shield firearms manufacturers, dealers and importers from lawsuits brought by victims of gun crimes.
Action is pending in the House of Representatives.