Government May Sue Gun Industry
By Ed Somers
an effort spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development, the Clinton Administration has announced it is considering a
lawsuit against the gun industry.
class action lawsuit would be filed on behalf of the nation's 3,200 public
housing authorities and their 3.25 million residents unless gun makers
agree to change the way they design and sell weapons. According to the
Administration, the 100 largest public housing authorities alone report a
total of 10,000 gun crimes every year and are forced to spend $1 billion
individual cities and counties, as well as the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), have brought suit against the
gun industry seeking monetary damages and a change in the manufacturing
and distribution practices of the industry.
to the Administration, the intent of its announcement is to help encourage
the gun industry to settle these lawsuits and adopt new practices such as
limits intended to reduce "straw purchases" and the inclusion of
child safety locks on new guns. HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said, "We
don't want to go to court, but we do want a resolution."
commenting on the possible lawsuit, President Clinton stressed, "I've
always tried to use the executive authority in areas where I thought it