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Gary, Indiana’s Frivolous Anti-Gun Lawsuits are Back



Pictured: Gary’s better days.

The city of Gary, Indiana has tried nothing to fix their crime problem, and they’re all out of ideas!

Twenty-two years ago, during Bill Clinton’s second term, the bright bulbs of the anti-gun world decided that the best way to get rid of guns was to sue gun manufacturers out of existence. The lawsuits had nothing to do with whether the guns worked (they did), or whether the manufacturer had done anything wrong in selling them to distributors (they hadn’t). The lawsuits were literally about trying to hold gun makers responsible for the behavior of criminals. At the time, the slogan was “If guns cause crime, then spoons made Rosie O’ Donnell fat.” (Remember Rosie O’Donnell? No? Lucky.)

It didn’t work out so well for them, probably because it was stupid.

The City of Gary, Ind., first filed their claims in 1999, after 40 big city mayors conspired through the U.S. Conference of Mayors with gun control activist lawyers for claims of public nuisance and other crime-related injuries. New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, then serving as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, organized dozens of local housing authorities to bring lawsuits against gunmakers and threatened the industry with “death by a thousand cuts.”

Cases were dismissed, including those brought by the cities of New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston.

The claims brought by the City of Gary have been dismissed three times, only to be revived. The State of Indiana, in 2001, passed a statute to stop such frivolous lawsuits. From 2009-2015, the City did nothing to pursue its claims in court. In 2015, Indiana extended its law to apply retroactively to Aug. 26, 1999, days before the City of Gary filed its claims.

What do you do when your stupid plan failed? Double down on the stupid, of course!

As of right now, the city of Gary is trying it again. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association, strongly criticized the City this effort to revive its lawsuit against firearm manufacturers. This frivolous suit seeks to hold members of the firearm industry legally responsible for the harm caused to the city by the actions of criminals who misuse firearms.

“The decision by elected officials in the City of Gary to try to breathe life back into this junk lawsuit after failing for two decades to litigate its case is unfathomable,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The city has ignored the basic tenets of enforcing law and holding criminals accountable for their misdeeds. Instead, they’ve chosen to squander citizen tax dollars to pursue baseless claims that have been repeatedly thrown out of court in similar cases when municipalities attempted lawsuit abuse tactics. The firearm industry has been proactive and responsible in preventing the criminal and negligent misuse of firearms. The same cannot be said of the City of Gary.”

“On behalf of the entire firearm industry, NSSF calls upon the State of Indiana to immediately take the lawful steps necessary to end this lawsuit abuse by the City of Gary,” said Keane. “The future of the Second Amendment is at stake in the Hoosier State.”



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