Governor Cuomo held a press conference/media event today to sign the gun manufacturers/dealers liability bill A-6762B/S-7196 into law.
During his presser, he declared a “Disaster Emergency” on “gun violence”:
“A surge in gun violence across cities across New York led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency Tuesday. The move, which Cuomo called a disaster emergency, means New York can bolster its law enforcement presence in cities where the shootings are on the rise and put additional state resources to crime-ridden areas, he said. Additionally, he said a new gun-violence prevention office will be established within the state Health Department, require police agencies to better report where the shootings are happening and establish a new council on gun violence reduction …”
I predict in the very near future the state will file a lawsuit against one or more gun makers based upon this nuisance theory in the bill. It will go all the way to SCOTUS before the law will be overturned based upon the PLCCA.
Joe Biden’s nominee to be the new ATF Director, David Chipman, will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday 5/26 @ 10:00am. NSSF is requesting 2A supporters e-mail their Senators in opposition. Chipman was a gun control lobbyist for Everytown.
S-1048A, Relates to the dangers to the safety and health of the public caused by the sale, manufacturing, importing and marketing of firearms, has been Reported.
No action on companion A-6762A.
I have been warning for the last couple of years that gun control advocates in Albany were looking for a way to get around the PLCCA and attack gun manufactures directly, and that this attack would come after the “ghost guns” business is settled.
“New York lawmakers are mounting an effort to open gun manufacturers and distributors up to civil liability suits. “It would be the first bill of its kind in the country, and would be incredibly important to reestablish norms of gun industry accountability,” said David Pucino, an attorney at the Giffords Law Center … State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn) has authored a bill that he believes is permissible under the federal law which would significantly extend the state’s ability to challenge manufacturers whose products are used illegally … Myrie’s bill would categorize the misuse of guns as a nuisance … New York lawmakers will now try to be the first to actually enact it into law by passing it before session ends on June 10 …”
The bill in question is A-6762A/S-1048A.