CHICAGO (AP) — The firearms industry, including gun sellers, could be sued for alleged violations of Illinois law under legislation approved by Illinois lawmakers. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, a Democrat, spearheaded the proposal. State senators gave the bill a final vote Thursday, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he will sign it. The federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act broadly exempts gun makers from being sued for injuries caused by criminal misuse of their products. But the 2005 law provides exceptions, including an allegation that a manufacturer or seller violated state or federal law on the sale or marketing of firearms.
*Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul delivers his remarks after being sworn to his second term as attorney general during ceremonies on Jan. 9, 2023, in Springfield, Ill. The firearms industry, including gun sellers, could be sued for alleged violations of Illinois law including marketing to young people under legislation approved by Illinois lawmakers Thursday, May 19, 2023. The House previously approved the bill and it now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, also a Democrat, who said Thursday that he will sign it. Raoul, a Democrat, spearheaded the proposal. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)