Nearly 60,000 crime guns are trafficked across state lines each year, and countless others enter the black market or are assembled as unserialized ghost guns without ever leaving their home state. Stopping the flow of illegal guns and ghost guns is a top priority for mayors around the country; many of whom experienced historic levels of gun violence in their communities in 2020.
This MAIG University session will focus on groundbreaking litigation that cities are advancing, in partnership with Everytown Law, to crack down on illegal guns and hold bad actors in the gun industry liable. We will feature two recent lawsuits: a Chicago suit against an Indiana gun dealer who is alleged to have sold hundreds of illegal guns trafficked into the city; and a Los Angeles lawsuit against the leading online seller of ghost guns for alleged illegal ghost gun kit sales.
Everytown Law's Director of Affirmative Litigation Alla Lefkowitz, Everytown Law's Director of Litigation Strategy and Trials Len Kamdang, Los Angeles Managing Assistant District City Attorney Michael Bostrom, and Deputy Corporation Counsel at City of Chicago Department of Law Stephen Kane will discuss the legal theories and fact patterns used to bring these types of lawsuits, and the necessary information for cities across the country to bring similar cases.