Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

California Reckless Suits Dealt Crushing Blow

Friday, March 7, 2003

On March 7, 2003 California Superior Court Judge Vincent P. DiFiglia dealt a stinging blow to the gun-ban lobby’s reckless lawsuit agenda when he granted summary judgment to the firearms industry, rejecting the suits of 12 California municipalities. "This is a definitive victory for us in a string of vindications that began a year ago when the City of Boston dropped its suit against the industry for lack of proof of wrongdoing," noted Lawrence G. Keane, Vice President and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (NSSF), the firearms industry’s major trade association and a defendant in the case. (See the NSSF press release here) "Once again, this victory supports the long-held principle that responsible and law-abiding manufacturers of highly regulated, non-defective firearms cannot be held accountable when criminals misuse their legally sold products."

The rejection of these suits is an embarrassment for anti-gun extremists at many levels. The California Supreme Court rejected an HCI-backed reckless lawsuit in 2001, Merrill v. Navegar, which led to anti-gun extremists in the legislature repealing the law that prohibited such suits. These rejected suits were also "supported" by an affidavit submitted by Robert Ricker, HCI’s star "whistle-blower." But in the end, neither rewriting product liability laws nor testimony from an alleged "insider" could convince the court of the merits of the reckless lawsuit agenda. Judge DiFiglia still ruled in favor of common sense and law-abiding gun makers.

"The best path forward is to abandon this obviously faulty lawsuit strategy and work cooperatively to promote safety programs and communication, rather than pursuing a discredited theory for litigation that wastes the taxpayers’ money," Keane suggested. "Unfortunately, this is not the last of these cases remaining and the money wasted in this futile and unjust process points to the need for Congressional action to stop such wasteful lawsuits."

TRENDING NOW
NRA Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

News  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NRA Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action executive director, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement on Tuesday regarding President Donald Trump's signature on the National Defense Authorization Act

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Passes U.S. House of Representatives!

News  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Passes U.S. House of Representatives!

In a resounding show of support for the Second Amendment, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a legislative package that included H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, and H.R. 4477, ...

House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity

News  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity

The National Rifle Association applauded the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday for passing the most far-reaching expansion of self-defense rights in modern American history. The National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed ...

Burlington Police Chief Puts New York Politicians Before Vermonters

News  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Burlington Police Chief Puts New York Politicians Before Vermonters

As H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, comes closer to becoming law, the arguments against the legislation are increasingly strained. There are disingenuous appeals to federalism by those who would happily burden firearms owners under ...

Concealed Carry Reciprocity is on the Move: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You NOW!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Concealed Carry Reciprocity is on the Move: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You NOW!

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a full committee mark-up of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, this Wednesday! It’s therefore more important than ever to urge your member of Congress to support ...

Kicking a Gift Horse in the Teeth

News  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kicking a Gift Horse in the Teeth

As we approach the Christmas season and the start of a new year, many of us look for ways to assist the needy and brighten the holidays for those less fortunate. It’s no coincidence that ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Victory in D.C.! Shall-Issue Concealed Carry Coming to the Nation’s Capital

News  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Victory in D.C.! Shall-Issue Concealed Carry Coming to the Nation’s Capital

In a stunning development, District of Columbia officials decided in October that they would not appeal a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concerning the District’s discretionary concealed carry licensing ...

U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Next Week

News  

Friday, December 1, 2017

U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Next Week

In a huge win for Second Amendment supporters, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a mark-up of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and favorably reported an amended version of the bill to the full House. 

House Judiciary Committee Green Lights Reciprocity Bill

News  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Green Lights Reciprocity Bill

H.R. 38 Would Eliminate Confusing Patchwork of State Laws

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.