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Court Rules Gun Makers Not Responsible for Acts of Criminals

Saturday, April 6, 2002

Yet another court has rejected the notion that law-abiding gun makers should be held responsible when criminals misuse their products. On March 25, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins threw out a lawsuit that sought to hold certain gun makers responsible for Buford O. Furrow`s August 1999 attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center in California, where three boys, a teenage girl, and a woman were injured. The suit also sought damages for the murder of Joseph Ileto, a postal worker Furrow killed after his attack on the community center. Judge Collins` 37-page opinion held that the plaintiffs did not show a link between Furrows` actions and the marketing strategies of the gun makers being sued.

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