The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit against Glock, a weapons manufacturer, brought by the victims of a California gunman.
The development was welcomed by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) which pointed out the federal law prohibits this kind of lawsuit.
The decision upheld a lower court’s ruling that nullified the case Ileto v. Glock under the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) which was passed to prevent frivolous lawsuits against gun makers.
"We are delighted that the Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the lower court ruling," says SAF founder Alan Gottlieb.
"While we sympathize with the victims, it would be an egregious miscarriage of justice to hold gun manufacturers responsible for the acts of criminals over whom they have no control," he added.
In August 1999, a gunman opened fire at a Jewish Community Center summer camp in Granada Hills wounding five people and later killing one person using a Glock pistol.
Families of the victims sued the manufacturer in 2001 claiming that gun companies "intentionally produce, market, distribute and sell more firearms than the legitimate market demands," according to SAF.
"Holding gun makers responsible for crime is a false panacea. Congress saw this when it passed the PLCAA, and now the court has affirmed that logic," Gottlieb commented.