(AbsoluteNews.com) – In 2005, Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The legislation protects gun manufacturers from being sued for monetary damages if one of their guns is used to commit a crime. When President Joe Biden took office, he announced a desire to get rid of that law and open gun makers up to lawsuits. He said it is the only industry in the nation that “can’t be sued,” and it rakes in billions of dollars every year — as if its success should open them to litigation.
Fortunately for Second Amendment supporters, Biden does not have enough support to pass changes to gun laws. However, that is not stopping one state from making its own changes.
New York’s Absurd Law
On July 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill (A.6762B/S.7196) that makes it easier to bring civil suits against gun manufacturers and sellers. The law is the first of its kind in America. It would hold the manufacturers, sellers, marketers, and importers of guns responsible for crimes they did not commit by exploiting a “public nuisance” loophole that allows the state to get around federal law.
Attorney General Letitia James (D), who is also investigating alleged sexual misconduct by Cuomo, said that the 2005 federal law was “overreach to protect the gun industry.” She said that NY took “an important step” to right a perceived wrong and “protect its citizens from gun violence.” She told the press that she is ready to fight to uphold the law.
The new law was signed the same week a group of Republicans asked the Supreme Court to overturn another of NY’s anti-gun laws.
Republicans Fight Back
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) leads a group of 168 GOP lawmakers who want the Supreme Court to overturn a 110-year old law they say violates the Second Amendment. The law makes it almost impossible for New York residents to carry firearms outside of their homes due to a legal concept known as a “proper cause” law. In April, the SCOTUS agreed to hear the case.
That case is being brought by two men who were denied licenses to carry a gun outside their homes.
Advocates say the state violates the Second Amendment rights of its residents. With the old laws and the new one allowing litigation against gun makers and sellers, it’s easy to understand why they feel that way. The question now is whether the SCOTUS will stop Cuomo and his cronies for their injustices against Americans.
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