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Everytown Law Announces Important Victory in Civil Lawsuits Arising From Buffalo Mass Shooting


NEW YORK – Today, Everytown Law, along with civil rights lawyers from the firms Bonner & Bonner and Ryder Law, announced an important victory in their suits filed on behalf of 25 survivors of the racially motivated mass shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo. Earlier today, a judge in the Erie County Supreme Court denied a motion to dismiss filed by MEAN Arms, the manufacturer of an easy-to-remove lock that facilitated the shooter’s acquisition of an illegal assault weapon used in the deadly massacre. The court’s decision rejected arguments that the defendants were protected by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and allows the case against MEAN Arms to proceed to discovery.

“The tragedy at Tops Friendly Market was one of the worst racist attacks in modern American history and we intend to prove that gun industry member MEAN Arms made it possible for the shooter to obtain an illegal assault weapon and maximize the carnage,” said Eric Tirschwell, Executive Director of Everytown Law. “For too long, the gun industry has hidden behind a federal law that gives them special protections from lawsuits, but decisions like today’s make it clear that more and more courts are rejecting their attempts to dodge accountability.”

More information about the lawsuits, including the court’s decisions, can be found here