Nuisance Nonsense


More good legal news from last week: The Illinois Supreme Court has nixed the city of Chicago's lawsuit charging that gun manufacturers and distributors created a "public nuisance" by making and selling weapons that ended up in criminals' hands. "The mere fact that defendants' conduct in their plants, offices, and stores puts guns into the stream of commerce does not state a claim for public nuisance," the court ruled. "It is the presence and use of the guns within the City of Chicago that constitutes the alleged nuisance, not the activities at the defendants' various places of business."

According to the Second Amendment Foundation, a total of 28 government-sponsored gun lawsuits have been defeated so far. It's beginning to look like Michael Krauss was right in arguing that congressional intervention to block such litigation was premature.