ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Handgun opponents said they saw positives in a ruling by New York's highest court that said gun manufacturers cannot be held liable for shooting deaths and injuries suffered by seven people.
"We didn't reach the destination today, but the decision gives us guidance how to get there," lawyer Marc Elovitz said. "It was a road map and not a dead end."
Elovitz represented Stephen Fox and his mother, who are almost certain to have a $4 million federal court judgment thrown out because of Thursday's 7-0 decision by the Court of Appeals. Fox was permanently disabled when he was shot by a friend.
The court ruled that handgun manufacturers cannot be held liable because of the supposedly negligent way the weapons were marketed and distributed.
Lawrence Greenwald, a Baltimore lawyer who represented gun makers Beretta USA and American Arms, said the ruling can be used by judges nationwide who are deciding about three dozen other suits filed against handgun manufacturers.
Writing for the court, Judge Richard Wesley said lawyers for the gunshot victims alluded to "broad" and "general" ways that gun manufacturers are liable for handgun injuries, but they failed to show specifically how their sales and marketing led to their guns getting into the wrong hands.
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