NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Tuesday that could hold gun manufacturers liable if their products cause harm.
The new law means manufacturers cannot endanger the safety and health of the public through the sale, manufacturing, importing or marketing of the products they sell. The products can be considered a public nuisance even if the gun manufacturer did not purposely cause harm to the public.
Cuomo says this is a reversal of a 16-year-old federal law that grants immunity to gun manufacturers under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act signed by President Bush.
Under the new legislation, gun manufacturers can be held accountable if reasonable controls and procedures are not in place and endanger public safety.
Part of the new law also prohibits the sale of firearms to people with outstanding warrants.
“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. I am not only signing a new law that does away with this immunity, giving New York the ability to hold them accountable, but also closing the destructive Trump loophole which has allowed people with active warrants to purchase guns for far too long,” said Cuomo. “Now, if you have an active warrant, you cannot buy a gun in the State of New York, period."
The legislation allows lawsuits to be filed by the attorney general, city corporation counsels, the public, corporations and associations.
Cuomo announced the new legislation after declaring a disaster emergency on gun violence in the state of New York on Tuesday.