A new law in New York State makes it easier to bring civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers for their negligence in selling and distributing guns.
“The only industry in the United States of America immune from lawsuits are the gun manufacturers, but we will not stand for that any longer.” – Governor Andrew Cuomo
Thanks in part to a new law passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor in June 2021, sellers, manufacturers, importers, and marketers of guns can now be held liable for their negligent actions that harm the public.
Under this new law, the gun industry is prohibited from creating, maintaining, or contributing to conditions that endanger safety or health.
Contact us today for a free consultation to determine whether your incident might qualify for a lawsuit under this new legislation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Gun Manufacturer Lawsuits
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What makes Belluck & Fox the best attorneys for gun industry lawsuits?
Our founding partner, Joseph Belluck, knows how to navigate the legal landscape of gun law because he wrote a paper examining the very loopholes in federal law which New York worked to close. He was one of three authors of “Lawyers, Guns, and Money,” published by the Violence Policy Center, which defended the importance of civil suits in Americans’ ability to hold the gun industry liable.
Doesn’t federal law protect the gun industry from lawsuits?
While federal law currently prohibits the gun industry from being held directly liable for gun violence, New York is first in the nation to allow these players to be held accountable for their improper marketing, manufacturing, and sales of guns that cause a “public nuisance.”
What does the new law hold the gun industry accountable for?
According to the new bill, manufacturers and dealers must use “reasonable controls and procedures” to prevent products from being possessed, used, marketed, or sold unlawfully. If a gun is used illegally and was possessed, used, marketed, or sold without those controls and procedures and place, negligence may be assigned.
What should I do next?
Those who have been injured or have a loved one who has been injured or killed by gun violence should reach out to Belluck & Fox attorneys immediately for a free consultation on your legal options.
Why choose Belluck & Fox?
Belluck & Fox is a nationally recognized law firm that fights for its clients and their families as if they were our own. We don’t just know the law, in many cases we helped to write it. When you work with us, you start your journey with one of our firm’s partners, and have regular access to them or one of our experienced attorneys throughout the entire process. We have secured over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements holding corporations accountable.