California gun control bill would let shooting victims sue firearm manufacturers, sellers
Taking cues from Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday announced they would introduce legislation allowing private citizens, local governments and the state to sue reckless gun manufacturers.
The proposal is similar to a controversial measure passed by Texas lawmakers last year that allows private citizens to sue those who get abortions or assist others in getting abortions. After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Texas law, Newsom vowed to work with the California Legislature on a bill that would allow private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, distributes or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in California Advocates and authors for the legislation said Tuesday that their bill is separate from the proposal Newsom suggested in December.
Lawmakers said they have been working on the bill since the summer, and it’s modeled on law passed in New York state in July. The New York statute says industry stakeholders can be held liable for the illegal or “unreasonable” sale, manufacture, distribution, importing or marketing of firearms that cause harm to the public as a “public nuisance.”
DAWG SAYS: MAYBE SOMEONE CAN CLEAR THIS UP FOR ME, I THOUGHT THE LAW ALLOWED PEOPLE TO SUE JUST ABOUT ANYONE FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING ALREADY. WE NEED MORE LEGISLATION TO DO THIS?
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