(Reuters) – A group of gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitution of a New York law allowing the state and people affected by gun violence to sue the industry.
The National Shooting. The Sports Foundation and arms manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co., said in a lawsuit in a federal court in Syracuse that the state was illegally trying to regulate the sale of weapons outside the state.
Industry group. and the 14 companies said the state is doing so through a new measure signed by former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a July law aimed at overcoming legal hurdles that have largely prevented such trials.
Other arms manufacturers suing includes Glock Inc. and Beretta USA.
New York Attorney General Letitia James promised to defend the law, saying that "the gun lobby is trying to exercise total control over this country and destroy common sense to protect l ives."
The law was passed in the middle of a spree of mass shootings nationally.It allows firearms dealers, manufacturers and distributors to be sued by the state, cities or individuals for creating a "general nuisance" that jeopardizes public safety and health.
in the country that manufactures, sells or markets weapons or ammunition abused by crime lla in New York.
The lawsuit alleges that the New York action violates the U.S. Constitution by trying to override a 2005 federal law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in the Arms Act, which gives gun manufacturers protection against lawsuits over the abuse of their products.
The group also claims that the measure unconstitutionally regulates intergovernmental trade and infringes on the arms companies' right to due process.