The Indiana Supreme Court will allow a lawsuit by the city of Gary against several gun makers to proceed to trial.
The court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by gun makers, letting stand a 2007 state Court of Appeals ruling that the case could proceed.
That previous ruling held that a provision in the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 does not bar the case from going forward in state court. The federal law grants the industry broad protections from municipalities and victims seeking damages for gun-related violence. The lawsuit was based on state, not federal, law.
Gary's lawsuit, filed in 1999, claimed that 16 gun makers and six northern Indiana gun dealers sold guns they knew would end up in criminals' hands.