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January 28, 2022

SHOT TV Rewind: Bearing Arms’ Cam Edwards Provides Insights into Industry-related Litigation

By Matt Manda

Cam Edwards, Editor for Bearing Arms, joined NSSF’s Larry Keane on SHOT Show TV to discuss the myriad of lawsuits currently in courts that have outsized implications on the firearm industry and the millions of law-abiding customers it serves.

Kicking off the conversation, Keane brought up a lawsuit in federal court in Boston involving another country besides the United States. The Mexican government has filed suit against several U.S.-based firearm manufacturers, claiming they are somehow responsible for the criminal and cartel violence south of the border.

Corruption within the Mexican government and military is rampant and well-known and Edwards said their blame-shifting to it being somehow the fault of the U.S. is laughable.

“It seems to me like an egregiously bad argument to say that the U.S. firearms industry is responsible for the cartel violence in Mexico, given what we know about the influence the cartels themselves have over elements of the Mexican government,” Edwards explained. “This speaks, I really think, to the importance of gun owners working to protect their rights to keep and bear arms, but to protect the firearms industry that allows us to exercise that right.”

A second lawsuit concurrently happening in federal court in the Northern District in New York involves NSSF, along with 14 firearm manufacturers and several retailers, filing suit against the State of New York for their new law, enacted under former disgraced Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, expanding the “public nuisance” umbrella to allow anyone to sue a firearm manufacturer if a firearm is criminally possessed and used to commit a crime within New York, regardless of where the firearm was legally manufactured, lawfully sold or stolen. The New York law is a blatant end-around to gut the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

“I think a lot of this comes from the fact that the gun control lobby knows that it is not likely to win New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the New York carry case, and this is their attempt to lash out,” Edwards said. “If the Supreme Court declares you’ve got a right to keep and you’ve got a right to bear, that shall not be infringed, well then the only way for the gun control lobby to really take a bite out or our rights is to go after our right to acquire firearms.”

Before wrapping up their SHOT TV segment, Keane and Edwards also discussed Duncan v. Bonta, a challenge to California’s law banning the sale and possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, a decision recently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit challenging Maryland’s state law banning the sale and possession of so-called “assault weapons.”

Listen to the full SHOT TV segment with Bearing Arms’ Cam Edwards here.

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