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How to Kill the Second Amendment: Sue Gun Manufacturers Into Bankruptcy

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Lawmakers in the Empire State want to hold the firearms industry accountable for gun violence, which is on the rise in New York. Already there are measures underway that could bypass federal protections and allow individuals to sue gun makers when their products are used in a crime.

Last year, New York State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn) authored a bill he said he believes would significantly expand the state’s ability to challenge manufacturers whose products are used illegally. The measure would amend the state’s criminal nuisance law to include the sale or manufacture of a product that endangers people’s health or safety.

The goal of it is to allow New Yorkers to sue companies or individuals that violate the statute. While guns are the intended target of the Democratic lawmaker’s proposed bill, it isn’t clear how any product that could be dangerous to use couldn’t also face similar scrutiny while its manufacturers face lawsuits. Couldn’t it be argued that an automobile or airplane endanger health or safety?

However, a new survey conducted by Data for Progress found that there is widespread concern across the state when it comes to gun violence. The poll found that sixty-three percent of Empire State residents expressed concerns about the issue in their communities, while eighty-six percent said they were worried about shootings in America at large.

Surprisingly, eighty-three percent of New York State residents also said that lawmakers should pass legislation that would stop the flow of illegal guns into the state.

“I think the poll demonstrates that there is overwhelming and bipartisan support for the Legislature to take action on a scourge that everyone recognizes is a deep problem here in the state of New York,” told reporters, according to The New York Daily News.

The question is how a law could stop the flow of guns that are already illegal – especially as New York City and other parts of the state already have had problems addressing the flow of untaxed cigarettes from other states.

Myrie has continued his agenda as New York City has seen an increase in gun violence, including a shooting in Times Square that left three innocent bystanders with injuries.

“There is an illegal trafficking pipeline that has gone unabated in which the gun industry has done nothing to help stem,” Myrie added. “This bill … is saying we are no longer going to tolerate you having a business model that allows you to profit off of the death of people here in this state.”

In other words, the lawmakers hope to sue legitimate businesses for conducting normal business operations when their products are sold illegally by unrelated third parties.

Myrie has already found allies in the state capital. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy (D-Albany) is sponsoring the bill in her chamber.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. whiskey tango foxtrot

    May 15, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Lawnmower companies. Automobile companies. Cigarette lighter companies. Steak knife companies. Baseball bat companies.

    No more swimming pools. Interstates. Busses. Bicycles. And the list goes on.

    The communists running America are beyond insane.

    • LovesScience

      May 16, 2021 at 7:20 am

      False information not backed with verified sources and detailed can be used by criminals to do massive harm to an entire populace. Liabel and slander laws ought to be strengthened so we can sue any news outlets that reports or re-reports a false narrative.

      Additionally, any Federal Agency that uses science, that they either pay for or science that isn’t independently peer reviewed by a large number of scientists, to create public policy – ought to also be held accountable for all of the pain, suffering, death, and lost wealth that they cause.

  2. Doug Day

    May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Every home with a 3-d printer will become the new “manufacturers”…as ubiquitous as software, because that is what it is.

  3. Ernest Teeuwe

    May 15, 2021 at 11:06 am

    “the sale or manufacture of a product that endangers people’s health or safety.”

    All pharmaceutical drugs would have to be outlawed. All medical procedures. Cellphones, cellular services and the Internet itself would have to be outlawed because they can be used to “endanger peoples mental health”.

    And that reasoning is why such a plan would never pass Constitutional muster. Every invention of man can be used for good or evil. It is the choice of the individual that makes it so………..

  4. TFred

    May 15, 2021 at 11:13 am

    “Couldn’t it be argued that an automobile or airplane endanger health or safety?”

    If they were truly concerned about loss of life, they would sue breweries and distilleries. The CDC reports that the misuse and abuse of alcohol kills TWICE as many people each year as are killed with the use of a firearm, even when you include suicides.

    Suing the manufacturers of alcohol for its abuse is just as ridiculous as suing the manufacturers of a firearm for its abuse.

  5. Bobbie

    May 15, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Better start suing GM, FORD, and other automobile manufacturers for those awful DUI drivers. Or maybe Cutco for your cut finger in the kitchen. Maybe sue your utility company if you got a shock or burned your finger on the stove.

    I swear, there MUST be lead in the water in Washington, D.C.

  6. ClearlyRight

    May 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Flood gates will open. Every manufacturer whose product isn’t used exactly as intended will be sued into oblivion.

  7. ClearlyRight

    May 15, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    86% of NY residents said that the state should pass legislation to “stop the flow of illegal guns”…. Yeah? Well, isn’t already against the law to traffic in “illegal guns” in NY? If not, maybe that’s part of the problem. My gosh, don’t these people think before passing “new legislation”???

  8. China Joe

    May 15, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Just make gun sales illegal in New York and that will cure the problem…..

  9. Don T

    May 15, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    There are lots of firearms factories overseas. My new shotgun is not domestic. That is going to be expensive to try to track buckshot back to a gun. Interchangeable parts make tracing difficult for the bad guys guns.

  10. David Thompson

    May 15, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    I wonder how this guy voted on ending cash bail and defunding the police?

  11. Glen Hopkinson

    May 15, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    That would be too bad for the people voting for the commies, the libs and the socialists, because they don’t have their guns. Now all the conservative constitutional loving people that I know are very well armed.

  12. dfgserdfg

    May 15, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Guess police and military wont have guns then

  13. John Hinman

    May 16, 2021 at 6:06 am

    That’s how we have to end the most dangerous threat our country faces, Fake news.
    We need new laws to be able to sue them into bankruptcy.
    Hold them accountable for every lie told, this will render the left weak and powerless against the truth.

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