Gavin Newsom: Gun Industry Should Not Be Protected from Lawsuits


California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted Saturday that gun manufacturers ought not be protected from lawsuits.

On February 15, 2022, Breitbart News reported that Remington agreed to a settlement with nine Sandy Hook families who filed suit in 2014.

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 29: Custom Remington pistols are displayed at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 29, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 800 exhibitors, the convention is the largest annual gathering for the NRA's more than 5 million members. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Custom Remington pistols are displayed at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits (Scott Olson/Getty Images).

Newsom began pushing lawsuits against gun makers in December 2021, asking his state legislators to send him a bill that would allow private citizens to sue “assault weapons” makers.

On Friday, February 18, Newsom followed up on his lawsuit push by tweeting:

Gun industry greed has fueled the gun violence epidemic.

We are unveiling new tools to hold gun manufacturers accountable for the deaths their products cause.

Nearly every industry is held liable when people are hurt or killed by their products – guns should be no different.

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 18, 2022

Gun manufacturers are not immune to lawsuits, but the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act does protect them from lawsuits centered on guns that were legally made and legally sold.

National Shooting Sports Foundation general counsel Larry Keane responded to the attempt to piggyback lawsuits on crime by suggesting “hug a thug” and “defund the police” policies are the true explanation for the heightened gun crime in California

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at

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