Judge Dismisses Suit against Gun Industry
By Robert B. Bluey
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
March 07, 2003
- A California Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit
Friday against gun manufacturers, trade associations and
most gun distributors, according to the National Shooting
California cities and counties sued the firearms industry
in 1999 for marketing guns that could be bought by criminals
Court Judge Vincent P. DiFiglia of San Diego County made
the ruling Friday, said Gary Mehalik, spokesman for the
gun-rights organization. DiFiglia's decision came during
oral arguments at a hearing to determine if the case could
case drew parallels to lawsuits filed against the tobacco
industry in the 1990s. It even had a so-called whistle-blower
in Robert A. Ricker, a former executive director at the
American Shootings Sports Council and National Rifle Association
called the lawsuit foolish.
can't blame honest people for the things criminals do,"
Mehalik said. "We distribute a legally manufactured
product through a chain that is licensed by the federal
government. Because somebody misuses something that a manufacturer
builds doesn't mean that the manufacturer has done anything
the equivalent of saying that if somebody goes out and drinks
and gets in a car and runs over someone, the victim's family
gets to sue the person who brewed the beer and made the
car," he added. "It's crazy."
Angeles and San Francisco were two of the cities involved
in the lawsuit. Gun-control groups had no immediate reaction
to the decision.