The Center for Law, Health and Society represents the culmination of research, educational and community outreach initiatives developed in the health law field at Georgia State University. For more information about the center, visit

Professor Lytton’s Article on Milwaukee Gun Control Case Published as the Top Story on The Conversation, Republished in Newsweek

Leave a comment

lytton finalOn October 13, 2015, a Milwaukee jury awarded two police officers $5.7 million in a lawsuit against a gun store owner who sold the firearm that was used to shoot them. The 2005 federal law immunizing gun manufactures and sellers from tort liability was at issue. Plaintiffs successfully argued that their case fell under an exception to the law that holds a gun seller liable if he knowingly violate a federal gun control law. Compelling video and testimonial evidence demonstrated that the gun store clerk knew he was facilitating an illegal straw purchase when 21-year-old Jacob Collins was purchasing the firearm for 18-year-old Julius Burton.

Professor Timothy Lytton’s piece, “Milwaukee Case Could Encourage Gun Stores to Reduce Illegal Sales,” was the top story on The Conversation. The October 19 article, discusses the Milwaukee case in depth, and its implication going forward. The article was later republished as an opinion piece in Newsweek.


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).


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s