In a July 5 interview with CNN, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) compared lawsuits against gun manufactures for the misuse of a firearm by a third party to suing a hammer manufacturer when a person commits a homicide using a hammer. In its July 10 Fact Checker article “Bernie Sander’s misleading characterization of controversial gun law,” the Washington Post explored the immunity from tort liability granted gun manufacturers under the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Prof. Timothy Lytton is quoted explaining the nature of negligence claims against gun manufacturers barred by the act.
Timothy D. Lytton is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law with expertise in the public policy implications of tort litigation. He is the editor of Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts (2005).