Story From The Washington Post
A lawsuit in the District against gunmakers was dismissed yesterday by a D.C. Superior Court judge who ruled that the suit was precisely the sort of claim that a new federal law was intended to block.
In a 37-page opinion, Judge Brook Hedge wrote that the city and the federal government had two competing policies, and only one could prevail.
District of Columbia v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp ., filed in 2000, was an attempt to address the situation. The plaintiffs faced formidable challenges in the courts and on Capitol Hill, and an act of Congress last year appears to have sealed the fate of the lawsuit and others like it.