Washington, D.C., July 12, 2022 - Today, Brady celebrates California Governor Gavin Newsom for signing AB 1594, a bill to create legal pathways to hold the firearm industry accountable for its role in fueling gun violence. This bill creates a predicate exception to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which has stopped numerous civil lawsuits against the firearms industry for dangerous or negligent businesses practices that foreseeably resulted in gun violence.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“This is a historic day; this law makes California only one of four states to create new legal avenues to pursue civil lawsuits against the firearms industry which have for too long been stopped by the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This is a common-sense bill that will allow Californians to find justice through our legal system and create a powerful incentive for the firearm industry to adopt needed reforms and common-sense safeguards that will save lives. Brady thanks Assemblymember Phil Ting and Attorney General Rob Bonta, for their leadership in championing this issue and ensuring these bills became law and thanks Gov. Newsom for consistently and full-throatedly championing life-saving gun violence prevention solutions.”
About AB 1594:
Authored by Assemblymember Ting and co-sponsored by Brady and Attorney General Rob Bonta, this bill ensures that gun violence victims, the California Attorney General, and city and county attorneys can pursue civil claims against firearm industry members for their dangerous irresponsible and negligent business practices that result in gun violence.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.