Attorney General Tong joins the Coalition Supporting Accountability for the Arms Industry

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01/19/2023

Attorney General Tong joins the Coalition Supporting Accountability for the Arms Industry

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong has joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in support of a New York law to curb the gun industry. In an amicus brief, the union argued that New York has the authority to protect residents and public safety.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit brought by several gun dealers against New York, arguing that the law predates state law and does not according to the constitution. The union is now asking the appeals court to uphold the lower court’s decision, which found that the law was not enforceable by the Defense Department. Firearms Liability – a federal law that limits civil remedies against members of the firearms industry for injuries caused by. unethical behavior of individuals who use weapons.

New York enacted its law to hold gun dealers accountable for the illegal sale and marketing of firearms when the crisis reached general public. Under the law, public officials or private citizens can file a lawsuit against a member of the firearms industry if they knowingly or negligently endanger the safety or health of public in the state of New York by selling, manufacturing, importing, or marketing firearms. . Gun dealers can also be held liable if they fail to implement appropriate controls and procedures to prevent firearms from being illegally used or sold in New York state.

“Firearm manufacturers who are misleading consumers, dishonestly selling dangerous products, and violating state consumer protection laws must be held accountable. That’s exactly what the Connecticut Supreme Court did when it opened the door to hold a gun manufacturer responsible for the Sandy Hook incident. Connecticut stands with New York in upholding its right to protect its citizens from gun violence,” said Attorney General Tong.

The coalition argues that New York’s law is enforceable and will benefit the public. As the brief explains, empirical evidence suggests a direct link between the negative effects of gun violence and the inappropriate actions of members of the firearms industry, such as those who sell illegal firearms. then enact the necessary measures to prevent the sale of hay or producers who design marketing programs that target vulnerable generations. New York’s law is aimed at preventing members of the gun industry from engaging in unscrupulous practices that actively contribute to the proliferation of gun violence and, if necessary, to stabilize those who are are making these methods for their activities.

Joining Attorney General Kwame Raoul, who led the coalition, and Attorney General Tong in filing the statement are the attorneys general of California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota , New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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