Professor Jacob Charles Quoted in "Gun Industry Faces a New Wave of Lawsuits" -- CNBC News
Professor Jacob D. Charles is quoted in the CNBC news article, "Gun Industry Faces a New Wave of Lawsuits That Could Reshape How Firearms Are Sold." The article considers recent lawsuits that seek to hold gun manufacturers and dealers liable for mass shootings by questioning their sales and marketing practices.
Excerpt from "Gun Industry Faces a New Wave of Lawsuits That Could Reshape How Firearms Are Sold"
Under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA, signed into law in 2005, gun manufacturers and dealers have broad federal protections that shield them from consequences when crimes have been committed using their products.
Jake Charles, a law professor at Pepperdine University who specializes in firearms law, said these suits face an uphill battle because of PLCAA.
“PLCAA is quite clearly the biggest boon to manufacturers and dealers in cases like these,” he said. “It’s a strong shield against many types of claims arising from gun misuse.”
While PCLAA, added Charles, “prohibits most ordinary negligence claims against gun defendants in cases like this,” a claim has a chance at moving past it if it “alleges that the defendants violated a state or federal law applicable to the sale or marketing of a firearm.”
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