Calif. Opens Door for Gun Lawsuits 
Wed Sep 25, 8:39 PM ET
BY ANGELA WATERCUTTER, Associated Press Writer 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Gray Davis cleared the way Wednesday for Californians to sue gun manufacturers if they believe the companies have been negligent in the advertising or production of firearms. 

The package of bills Davis signed removes a shield granted to gun makers regarding negligence lawsuits. Previously, gun manufacturers could not be sued if their products were used in the commission of a crime. 

A number of states have similar legal shields for gun makers. California is the first state to repeal such an immunity. 

'No industry should be allowed to hide from its own harmful conduct,' Davis said in a telephone press conference. 'And except for gun manufacturers, no industry is. Current laws shield a gun manufacturer from its own negligence. These new laws strip away that shield.' 

California's new laws have already gained the praise of gun control advocates. 

'These bills were our top priority this year, we're thrilled that the governor has stuck by his position on this,' said Eric Gorovitz, Western policy director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a national grassroots organization. 

Gorovitz said he hopes the measure will make the gun industry more responsible because of the threat of lawsuits. 

Critics of the bills, however, argue that they could open the door to frivolous lawsuits. And, Chuck Michel, a spokesman for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc., says the legislation is an attempt by gun-ban advocates to swamp gun manufacturers with lawsuits to bankrupt them. 

'They will use this to file multiple lawsuits based on their mistaken belief that firearms have no social utility,' Michel said. 'They want a legitimate industry to pay for the inability of law enforcement and local authorities to control violent crimes.' 

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Do you think citizens should be able to sue gun manufacturers for selling guns - their product?
Calif. Opens Door for Gun Lawsuits

Wed Sep 25, 8:39 PM ET

BY ANGELA WATERCUTTER, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Gray Davis cleared the way Wednesday for Californians to sue gun manufacturers if they believe the companies have been negligent in the advertising or production of firearms.

The package of bills Davis signed removes a shield granted to gun makers regarding negligence lawsuits. Previously, gun manufacturers could not be sued if their products were used in the commission of a crime.

A number of states have similar legal shields for gun makers. California is the first state to repeal such an immunity.

`No industry should be allowed to hide from its own harmful conduct,` Davis said in a telephone press conference. `And except for gun manufacturers, no industry is. Current laws shield a gun manufacturer from its own negligence. These new laws strip away that shield.`

California`s new laws have already gained the praise of gun control advocates.

`These bills were our top priority this year, we`re thrilled that the governor has stuck by his position on this,` said Eric Gorovitz, Western policy director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a national grassroots organization.

Gorovitz said he hopes the measure will make the gun industry more responsible because of the threat of lawsuits.

Critics of the bills, however, argue that they could open the door to frivolous lawsuits. And, Chuck Michel, a spokesman for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc., says the legislation is an attempt by gun-ban advocates to swamp gun manufacturers with lawsuits to bankrupt them.

`They will use this to file multiple lawsuits based on their mistaken belief that firearms have no social utility,` Michel said. `They want a legitimate industry to pay for the inability of law enforcement and local authorities to control violent crimes.`

The new law removes a lawsuit shield enacted in 1983 to protect manufacturers


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19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 9/27/02 - 11:57:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow. What an artical. If I read it correctly, victims can sue gun manufactures if the weapon was used illegally. WOW!!! I see this legislation failing. This is not the road to gun control. It will not deter criminals from using guns. I doubt that it will bankrupt any manufactures either. I see it creating nuisance law-suits to clog the courts. I don't see it having any affect on the use of guns in crime. I think this will do more to hurt the gun control lobby than help it.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/28/02 - 12:03:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hope that fails too. If it passes people might consider suing knife companies if one is used improperly.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/28/02 - 11:49:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
WalkingEagle is correct. If you can do this with gun manufacturers then why not knives? Or pipe companies? Don't some crooks use pipes as weapons. And how about sock companies? A sock filled with pennies makes a good weapon. But gun companies should be sued for faulty guns or for faulty advertising just like any company. They shouldn't have shields to protect them
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/28/02 - 11:50:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its wrong.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 10/22/02 - 8:06:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Guns don't kill people, IDIOTS with guns kill people.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 10/22/02 - 8:23:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
it's completely wrong. but also completely in line with recent cases about.. say.. filesharing...
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/19/02 - 12:47:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am glad I don't live in Calif. any more. Its a stupid law anyway. I agree with mindfield. Its not going to stop crimnals from getting guns.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/1/02 - 7:44:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
It would be silly, people in todays sue cluture would start suing crowbar, knife, and brick manufacturers for producing items that are used in crime
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/1/02 - 7:45:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
A lot of stupid things come from the west. Whats wrong with you people?
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 12/31/02 - 5:17:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only place guns are advertised are in gun magizines. What are anti-gun activists doing reading them. Gun manufactures are very carefull in what they say in there ads. Crooks will still get guns and how are they going to prove which gun was used in a crime. Stupid Law. Stupid Californians.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 12/31/02 - 5:34:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
More people have been killed by governments than guns.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 12/31/02 - 6:33:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/8/03 - 11:17:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
WOOOHOOOO lets open the flood gates so everybody can sue !!! Lets see Cars, Guns, Knifes, Bats, Chains, Pipes, Rope, Strechwrap, the list goes on and on. What a moronic demo Gov we have here, First he gets us deep in debt now he wants everybody to sue !!!
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 2/25/04 - 12:30:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 2/25/04 - 12:59:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Aussie, this isn't the right road to gun control.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 2/25/04 - 1:58:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's asinine, but I also never thought anyone would actually win a suit against a tobacco com
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/11/04 - 6:01:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
No they shouldn't be able to sue them- but I'll tell you what people should do- get a life!
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/11/04 - 6:13:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
People are so crazy about suing today, geez why can't we just learn to control our own actions and take the responsibility for what we do ourselves? I really think maturity is at an all time low in this country
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/11/04 - 6:21:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, that's stupid. I agree completely with upb
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/28/05 - 1:52:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
thats completely stupid
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/28/05 - 3:43:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Guns are made to kill. So why should they be allowed to sue them for their products intention.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 3/28/05 - 3:43:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
sigh...
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 7/26/05 - 11:15:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ridiculous!

And pathetic.

16 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/15/05 - 5:00:31 PM EST (GMT-5)



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