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Thread: CA Judge Also Throws Out Their Suit

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    Story From The National Shooting Sports Foundation

    Citing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that blocks unwarranted lawsuits against firearms manufacturers, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles W. Stoll today ruled from the bench ordering complete dismissal of all causes of action against defendants Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Colt and Turners Outdoor Sports, a California firearms dealer, in a case involving the gang murder of a Burbank police officer.

    Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, called the dismissal a significant victory. "While we are dismayed at the tragic loss of life of a brave police officer at the hands of brutal criminals, it's nevertheless wrong to blame manufacturers of tools that law enforcement uses to protect the community."

    "Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act precisely to prevent junk lawsuits like this where common sense tells you that manufacturers should not be held responsible for the misuse of their products by criminals," added Keane.

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