Following a mass shooting earlier this year that left 10 people dead, the city of Buffalo, New York, has now reportedly filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a number of firearms manufacturers in the United States.
On Tuesday, Mayor Byron Brown declared that “manufacturers, distributors, and other local gun stores” will be named in the extensive lawsuit.
The lawsuit names Polymer 80 and Arm or Ally as defendants in addition to prominent gunmakers including Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Bushmaster, Glock, and Remington.
A news release pointed to the racially motivated mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store in May.
Last month, the male suspect pleaded guilty to charges brought against him, which included first-degree murder, attempted murder, a domestic act of terrorism motivated by hate, and weapons possession.
The shocking violence inspired New York Democrats to take action, and in June, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a broad, divisive package of 10 gun control laws.
Among other things, these laws “closed loopholes” by extending the definition of a regulated “firearm,” raising the licensing requirements for purchasing rifles, and strengthening the state’s “red flag” law.
Officials in Buffalo said their measures on Tuesday were not intended to restrict the legal possession of firearms.
Gun rights supporters denounced the lawsuit and charged that lawmakers were holding the firearms business responsible for their ineffective attempts to deal with dangerous criminals.