ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York can try to sue gun manufacturers over harm caused by their products under legislation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed.
The new law comes at a time when New York City in particular is facing a rise in shootings.
Cuomo also said Tuesday he would declare that gun violence in his state is a "disaster emergency" and start tracking hotspots of shootings.
Cuomo said declaring the emergency will make it easier to spend money on efforts to address and reduce gun violence.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said the following in a statement:
“In 2005, Congress took unprecedented action to usurp states’ rights and give gun manufacturers and distributors blanket immunity for gun violence perpetrated as a direct result of their marketing and distribution of firearms. Plain and simple, this was federal overreach to protect the gun industry in every way possible. But, today, New York state took an important step to right that wrong and protect its citizens from gun violence. As the state’s attorney and chief law enforcement officer, I look forward to enforcing the Public Nuisance law and I stand ready to defend it against all legal challenges. Thank you to Senator Myrie and Assemblymember Fahy for sponsoring this bill, Governor Cuomo for signing it into law, and the many advocates for their role in crafting this mechanism for New York state to protect its own residents.”