In the wake of several mass shootings earlier this year, President Joe Biden and other anti-gun Democrats pledged a long list of gun control actions, including stripping gun manufacturers of liability immunity granted under the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
According to the Washington Examiner, a bombshell decision out of Arizona — which received very little media attention — dealt a huge blow to Biden and anti-gun Democrats, as a federal judge out of Arizona upheld the important 2005 liability shield for Glock, an Austrian gunmaker, in a lawsuit stemming from an incident where a man was accidentally shot by someone else with a Glock pistol.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Brnovich shot down the lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Carlos Travieso Jr. by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an extreme anti-gun group.
In 2018, Travieso Jr. was riding in a vehicle with others when a teenager in the car discovered a 9mm Glock handgun. The teen reportedly assumed that the pistol was safe to handle given that it didn’t have a magazine in it at the time, not realizing that a round was in the chamber when she pulled the trigger and shot Travieso Jr, which resulted in a paralyzing injury.
The anti-gun Brady group filed suit against Glock, charging that the company failed to protect the teen from accidental discharge as there was no obvious warning indicator that a live round was chambered in the pistol. It should be noted that the pistol did, in fact, have an indicator that a round was chambered, but the Brady group said the pistol was defective due to a lack of other warnings or safety measures to make it obvious that it contained a live round.
Mark Oliva, the spokesman for the industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation, praised the federal judge’s ruling as a win.
“These attempts to hold manufacturers responsible for the criminal and negligent misuse of firearms are misguided and are attempts at legislation through litigation. The PLCAA law was passed with a bipartisan majority in both chambers of Congress to keep activists from attempting to bankrupt firearm manufacturers by tying them up in court with unfounded claims,” Olivia said while adding that the win was critical in protecting the gun industry from Biden and others.
In April, Biden begged “the Lord” that if he were to only receive one win in his anti-gun legislation push, it would be to erase the immunity that gun manufacturers have against such claims.
While Biden and Democrats will likely not stop in their attempts to trample Americans’ Second Amendment rights, thankfully we have judges like Brnovich who are dedicated to upholding and protecting those Constitutional rights.