The quote of the day is presented by Guns.com.
Gary alleges the gun manufacturers engaged in unlawful sales and marketing practices that contributed to increased crime in Gary during the late 1990s, and caused the city to incur significant costs for the resulting criminal investigations and prosecutions, according to court records.
The case has lingered in Indiana’s court system since 1999 as various state and federal laws seemingly designed to shelter the gun manufacturers from civil liability were found by Hoosier judges to be inapplicable to Gary’s claims.
In 2015, the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly sought to do away with the city’s case once and for all by enacting a statute, retroactive to 1999, barring lawsuits against gun manufacturers relating to the lawful design, manufacture, marketing or sale of a firearm, or the unlawful misuse of a firearm by a third party.
As a result, Lake Superior Judge John Sedia last year granted the gun manufacturers’ request to dismiss the city’s lawsuit based on the retroactive immunity statute enacted by now-Vice President Mike Pence.
However, in a 3-0 decision, the Court of Appeals ruled the immunity law does not apply to the gun manufacturers’ supposedly illegal marketing and sales practices alleged in Gary’s lawsuit, including condoning straw purchases, failing to restrict sales to corrupt dealers and making false claims about gun safety.