The Illinois Supreme Court has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2001 against firearms manufacturer Beretta U.S.A. Corp. arising out of a criminal shooting.
“The Illinois Supreme Courts decision recognized that federal law preempts misguided lawsuits that seek to blame manufacturers for the criminal acts of others,” said Jeffrey K. Reh, Beretta USA Corp.s general counsel and vice general manager.
The ruling is the most recent in a series of major setbacks for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which represented the Adames family in the case. Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the appeals of New York City and the District of Columbia appellate court decisions that dismissed lawsuits against firearms manufacturers for community-related gun violence. Those cities were also represented by the Brady Center and the cases similarly dismissed under the same federal law.
Following the dismissal, the firearms industry urged the city of Gary, Indiana, which has sued several firearms manufacturers for gun violence, to drop its lawsuit.