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Gun Makers Lose Challenge to New York Law Allowing Suits Over Violence

  • Federal judge said gun companies can be sued over marketing
  • Manufacturers said state law violated federal shield law
A Glock handgun.

A Glock handgun.

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg
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A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by Glock Inc., Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. and other gun makers challenging a 2021 New York statute authorizing the state to sue them over some gun violence.

The state law isn’t preempted by the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005, which shields firearms manufacturers from most liability for violence, because it targets how they market their products, US District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino ruled Wednesday in Albany, New York.