Litigation Against the Gun Industry

August 26, 2019
 
Paul Gwaltney teaches Melissa Block how to shoot a variety of guns at Blue Ride Arsenal shooting range in Chantilly, Va.

Paul Gwaltney teaches Melissa Block how to shoot a variety of gunsshooting range.

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Litigation sometimes addresses serious social problems that affect lots of people. Think about the lawsuits that disciplined Big Tobacco or today’s opioid suits.

University of Illinois College of Law's Verity Winship

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But what does this kind of litigation look like if the product is guns instead of cigarettes or painkillers? A case brought after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School shows the limits and possibilities of litigation against the gun industry.