City Council OKs bill that places accountability on gun sellers, makers
The City Council passed a bill Wednesday that calls for allowing victims of gun violence to sue gun sellers and manufacturers.
It's a move that gun advocates support because they want to strike a blow at the source of gun violence. City Council Speaker Gifford Miller says manufacturers and sellers know guns will be used to commit crimes and not be used for self-defense.
But Moses Stein, who sells guns at Frank's Sport shop in the Bronx, says that's not true. He says all potential buyers go through strict background checks by the FBI. Councilman Larry Seabrook says he is not worried about local gun shops. Instead he worries about what happens at out-of-state gun shows where federal regulations are more difficult to enforce.
The mayor must still approve the legislation before it can be signed into law.