Thursday, September 14, 2023

Federal Judge Affirms Delaware Statute That Makes Gun Sellers and Makers Liable for Straw Purchases

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A federal judge recently rejected a legal challenge against a Delaware statute that makes firearm manufacturers and sellers liable for straw purchases. Named the KeKe Anderson Safe Firearm Sales Act, this 2022 legislation was inspired by KeKe Anderson, an innocent bystander fatally shot in 2016 with a gun acquired via a straw purchase—a practice where an individual buys a gun on behalf of someone not legally allowed to own one.

U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews determined that the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the organization opposing the law, lacked the standing to bring the lawsuit. The group had contended that the Delaware law infringed on Second Amendment rights.

In response to the court's decision, Delaware's Attorney General Kathy Jennings commented that the gun lobby primarily serves corporate interests and focuses on safeguarding profits. She characterized the law as a unique form of liability protection in Delaware legislation, critiquing it as a concession to special interests that offers no benefits to the state's residents.

It's worth noting that the National Shooting Sports Foundation had previously launched a similar legal challenge in New Jersey aimed at a law that also removed liability protections for gun manufacturers and dealers. That suit was similarly unsuccessful.

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1 comment:

  1. Utter bs but hey, what is to be expected from traitors