Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied consideration of New York City and Washington, D.C. lawsuits, New York v. Beretta and Lawson v. Beretta, respectively, that tried to hold American gun manufacturers responsible for the acts of criminals. The Court ‘s order leaves standing a pair of decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and District of Columbia Court of Appeals, both of which found that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), enacted in 2005, prevents these types of lawsuits against lawful firearms manufacturers and dealers.
In a shocking moment, the government agrees that the law means what it says, and that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act does in fact protect the firearms industry from reckless and damaging lawsuits. Remember, these cities were not suing Beretta because Beretta intentionally sold guns to criminals, they were trying to bankrupt lawful firearms manufacturers in retribution for actions over which Beretta had no control. Essentially, the entire lawsuit was a scam to try and drive a company out of business.