The U.S. Supreme Court left intact lower court decisions shielding Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., Sturm, Ruger & Co. and other gunmakers from lawsuits pressed by New York City and shooting victims in Washington, D.C.
The justices, without comment, rejected appeals that sought to revive the two suits and challenged the constitutionality of a federal law signed in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush to protect the industry from a wave of lawsuits. “
The cases are New York v. Beretta, 08-530, and Lawson v. Beretta, 08-545, and the order denying cert is here. The law enacted in 2005 — with the NAM’s strong support — was S. 397, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
- New York Daily News, “Supreme Court declines to hear New York City case against gunmakers”
- New York Times, “Justices Decline New York Gun Suit”
- National Shooting Sports Foundation, “Supreme Court Closes the Book on New York City’s Lawsuit Against Gun Makers”
The NAM filed an amicus brief in 2005 in the related Beretta USA Corp. v. District of Columbia, which you can read here.
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