NY appeal court: Shooting victim may sue gun maker

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that a former high school athlete, who was shot in 2003, may sue the companies that made and distributed the handgun used in the crime.  The suit brought an appellate court ruling that gun control advocates say will keep irresponsible gun makers and sellers from taking advantage of a federal law shielding them from lawsuits. The ruling by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s 2011 dismissal of victim Daniel Williams’ complaint, which accused Ohio gun maker Hi-Point and distributor MKS Supply Inc. of Ohio of intentionally supplying handguns to irresponsible dealers because they profited from sales to the criminal gun market.