In an effort to ensure California’s comprehensive gun laws are followed, Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chris Ward (D-San Diego) and Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) are spearheading AB 1594 this year. The bill would empower local/state governments and Californians to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms for the harm caused by their products. The threat of civil litigation aims to compel the gun industry to take every step possible to prevent illegal sales and theft to reduce gun violence.
“We must make our communities safer. Almost every industry in the United States can be held liable for what their products do, but the gun industry is not held to the same standard. Financial repercussions may finally push them to be more responsible by improving their practices and adhering to California’s strict gun laws,” said Assemblymember Ting.