Appeals Court Shoots Down NYC Lawsuit Against Gun Industry

Click the below link to read about a noteworthy court decision that deals with the intertwined topics of legislated tort reforms, partisan politics, the federal judiciary and so-called “gun control.”

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by New York City against gun manufacturers and distributors.

The city had sought to require the industry to ensure guns did not end up in illegal hands. In a 2-1 decision, however, a panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gun manufacturers and distributors legally were immune from such lawsuits by virtue of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a federal law that was enacted in 2005 to shield the gun industry from liability for crimes committed with their products. The decision overturned a lower court ruling.

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Ah, yes, the Protection in Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. One of the crowning achievements of the Bush-Lott-McConnell-Hastert-DeLay years.

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BTW, that ruling was written by Judge Roger Miner, who was nominated to that bench by President Reagan. That’s true, Ross Perot, there are no term limits on federal judges.

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Here’s a link to the text of the decision.

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Here’s a link to Reuters’ version of events.

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