A lawsuit by 12 California cities against gun manufacturers has been dismissed by a judge in San Diego. But Superior Court Judge Vincent DiFiglia has ruled that three gun wholesalers and two retail dealers are to go on trial in April. The lawsuit targeted 29 weapons makers, six distributors and three trade associations. It alleged they created a public nuisance by distributing weapons in a way that makes them accessible through illegitimate markets.
Bringing the lawsuit were the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. A spokesman for the Brady Center says he expects there will be an appeal of yesterday´s dismissal of the case against most of the gun industry defendants.
Elsewhere across the nation at least a dozen legal actions have been brought against the gun industry. Lawsuits in Atlanta and New Orleans were dismissed because of state laws granting immunity to the gun industry. Lawsuits brought by cities including Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Newark, New Jersey are continuing but have not reached the trial stage.