After opening the door for civil lawsuits against gun makers and sellers earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded the ability for private citizens to sue the firearms industry for deaths and injury caused by gun violence.
The governor signed a bill Friday to allow private citizens to sue gun makers, sellers, dealers and others for monetary damages for making or selling weapons banned in the state.
“This is not where we end,” he said before signing the bill. “It’s time to put them on the defense. You cannot sell, you cannot manufacture, you cannot transfer these illegal weapons of war and mass destruction in the State of California, and if you do, there are 40 million people who can collect $10,000 and attorney fees for engaging in that illegal activity.”