Kansas City, Mo. has filed suit against gun manufacturer, Jimenez Arms and several weapons dealers accusing them of illegally selling firearms.
As the city is experiencing record levels of violent crime, they’re looking to place some of the blame on those that supply guns to their community. The suit alleges that Jimenez Arms has sold dozens of guns at wholesale prices to James Samuels who is not a licensed gun dealer.
This type of suit has not been filed by a major city in more than 10 years.
These lawsuits were rarely successful but were costly enough to cause some gun distributors and manufactures to shut down. This led to the creation of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in 2005. This law protects firearm manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes are committed with their products.
However, the law does not grant them full immunity. Manufacturers and dealers can still be held responsible for damages resulting from defective products, breach of contract, criminal misconduct, or negligent entrustment.
Times Are Changing
In recent years other suits have been filed against gun manufacturers in hopes that they would be held liable for violent acts. Connecticut filed suit against Remington Arms Co. in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.. With a creative approach these lawsuits are slowly chipping away at the protections that the PLCAA currently provides.