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St. Louis Sues Gun Makers

May 1, 1999

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis on Friday became the latest U.S. city to sue gun makers, dealers and trade groups to recover damages for crimes involving firearms.

The lawsuit, based on public nuisance and negligence laws, alleges gun manufacturers have failed to regulate sales and implement safety features to prevent gun use by children and other unauthorized users.

The suit is similar to suits filed recently by Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Bridgeport, Conn., and Wayne County, Mich.

In February, a federal court jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., found nine gun makers liable for shootings. Three companies were ordered to pay a total of $500,000 to one of seven plaintiffs.

Firearms industry representatives say the lawsuits do nothing to prevent crime and are aimed at driving gun makers out of business.

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