California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into effect on Tuesday which allows lawsuits to be filed against gun makers.
The Daily Wire reports:
The law, AB 1594, creates a “firearm industry standard of conduct,” including the requirement to “[e]stablish, implement, and enforce reasonable controls” and “[t]ake reasonable precautions to ensure that the firearm industry member does not sell, distribute, or provide a firearm-related product to a downstream distributor or retailer of firearm-related products who fails to establish, implement, and enforce reasonable controls.”
If a member of the gun industry fails to comply with these standards and others set forth in the bill, they may be sued.
“To the victims of gun violence and their families: California stands with you. The gun industry can no longer hide from the devastating harm their products cause,” Newsom said in a statement, per the Los Angeles Times. “Our kids, families and communities deserve streets free of gun violence and gun makers must be held accountable for their role in this crisis. Nearly every industry is held liable when people are hurt or killed by their products — guns should be no different.”
Newsom also signed two other laws last month, one which aims to crack down on gun advertising towards young people, and another that seeks to place limitations on the ability of citizens to make guns at home. Both of these laws went into effect immediately, while the law regarding lawsuits won’t take effect until July 1 of next year.