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Buffalo files lawsuit against gun industry

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The city of Buffalo announced Tuesday it has filed a "first of its kind" lawsuit against the gun industry, seven months after a teenager killed 10 people and wounded three others at a Buffalo grocery store. "Members of our community have suffered too much for too long from gun violence," Brown said in a statement. City leaders concede that gun violence in Buffalo is getting worse despite efforts by the Buffalo Police Department to curb gun violence.

The city of Buffalo announced Tuesday it has filed a “first of its kind” lawsuit against the gun industry, seven months after a teenager killed 10 people and wounded three others at a Buffalo grocery store.

The lawsuit was announced by Mayor Byron Brown and names as defendants some of the nation’s biggest firearm manufacturers, including Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Bushmaster, Glock and Remington. The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Buffalo, also names ghost gun retailers Polymer and Arm or Ally as defendants.

“Members of our community have suffered too much for too long from gun violence,” Brown said in a statement. “We must do everything we can to decrease gun violence. Enabling the possession of illegal guns destroys lives and deeply affects our neighborhood, especially in Black and Brown communities.”

Buffalo Police on scene at a Tops Friendly Market, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York.

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City leaders concede that gun violence in Buffalo is getting worse despite efforts by the Buffalo Police Department to curb gun violence.

Gun violence has surged in the city since 2020, when 355 people were killed or injured in shootings.

“As of March, 2021, the number of people shot in Buffalo over the first two months of the year jumped 140% compared to the same period [in 2020],” the city’s statement reads.

The lawsuit comes after a racially motivated mass shooting on May 14 at

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