2005 law passed by Congress set NRA-backed federal limits on gun lawsuits that frustrate victims, their attorneys

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This article describes how the families of the Newtown shooting victims and others are frustrated in their attempts to hold gun manufacturers accountable and to push them to implement stricter safety standards.

The law, approved in 2005 after intense lobbying by the National Rifle Association, grants gun companies rare protection from the kind of liability suits that have targeted many other consumer product manufacturers.

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These lawyers say they are seeking safety improvements, like those that resulted from decades of suits against the auto industry, which argued that car makers could be liable for damages if they failed to adopt feasible safety measures. And just as legal action helped lead automakers to add seat belts and air bags, potential litigants in gun cases say they want firearms makers to add readily available safety features, such as biometric locks that would allow a gun to be fired only by its licensed owner.

NRA-backed federal limits on gun lawsuits frustrate victims, their attorneys

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