San Diego County Supervisors Seek Legal Action Against Gun Manufacturers
In the wake of recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, Buffalo and elsewhere, San Diego County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to seek out policy recommendations that would enable the county to sue gun manufacturers for deaths caused by firearms.
Supervisors Nathan Fletcher, Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas voted in favor, while their colleagues Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond were opposed.
Fletcher and Lawson-Remer made the proposal, under which Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer will develop recommendations -- after consulting with the county sheriff and other relevant departments -- for cooperating with other law enforcement agencies to receive weapon seizure reports.
Fletcher and Lawson-Remer announced the proposal Monday during a news conference outside the County Administration Building.
"We want to use this policy to put pressure on manufacturers to be responsible corporate citizens," Fletcher said. "They shouldn't be allowed to rake in money and then sit idly by as people using their product perform mass shootings."
According to a statement, the supervisors "do not have a specific lawsuit they are wishing the county join at this time."
According to statistics provided by Fletcher and Lawson-Remer:
-- among 12 high-income nations, including Australia and France, over 80% of firearm deaths occur in the United States;
-- over 90% of children killed by firearms in that group were from the United States;
-- each year, roughly 45,222 people in the United States die as a result of gun violence;
-- tens of thousands more suffer non-fatal gun injuries, and
-- firearms are the leading cause of death among children and teens.