Washington, D.C., December 16, 2021 - Today, Brady reiterates its support for New York’s landmark ‘Public Nuisance Bill’ in response to a lawsuit filed by the National Sports Shooting Foundation and other gun industry players. This law allows manufacturers, distributors, and dealers to be held responsible when they choose to profit off of the criminal gun market and irresponsibly contribute to gun violence. It is a common-sense law and the first of its kind in the nation, classifying negligent or illegal gun sales or marketing practices as a public nuisance.
Brady Chief Counsel Jonathan Lowy shared:
“It is not surprising that the gun lobby would file yet another frivolous lawsuit, as they do whenever there is any attempt to subject them to the same rules and regulations that govern every other business in America. The gun industry thinks that it is above the law, and that it can recklessly make and sell guns, and profit off the criminal gun market while Americans pay the consequences with their lives. The New York legislature should be applauded for telling the corporate gun lobby, Enough. This latest gun lobby lawsuit is frivolous and should be rejected out of hand. New York was entirely within its authority to allow irresponsible gun companies to be held accountable for the devastating harm that they cause, and the federal PLCAA specifically allows states like New York to pass such laws and take these actions. It is past time that the gun industry be held accountable for fueling America’s gun violence epidemic. This industry should not be allowed to profit off of recklessly supplying the criminal gun market that threatens New Yorkers, especially Black and Brown communities, across the state and beyond."
About “Public Nuisance Bill” (S.7196/A.6762):
Passed by the New York State Assembly and signed by the New York Governor this year, S.7196A and A.6762B impose accountability on those responsible for the illegal or unreasonable sale, manufacture, distribution, importing, or marketing of firearms that creates a public nuisance and harm to the public.
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.