Professor Timothy Lytton served as a guest on “Legal Faceoff” on WGN Plus (at 35:00), discussing the recent Milwaukee verdict in favor of two police officers against the gun store that sold the weapon used to shoot them. Lytton describes this case as being different primarily due to its evidentiary strength, particularly the testimony of the gun shop owner himself, testifying that there were “red flags” when the individual was filling out the gun purchase paperwork. Lytton further claims that although we have clear laws against straw purchases; the real problem is with the proper enforcement those laws. “This kind of lawsuit actually opens another front for people interested in stricter enforcement of the existing gun laws…the liability exposure creates strong incentives for the industry to manage its supply chain better” to insure nobody is negligent.
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).