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Court tosses out lawsuit against gun industry

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court Wednesday tossed out New York City’s lawsuit accusing the gun industry of selling firearms with the knowledge they can be diverted into illegal markets.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a federal law provides the gun industry with broad immunity from lawsuits brought by crime victims and violence-plagued cities. A federal judge had allowed the lawsuit to proceed, though it had not yet reached trial.

New York is one of several cities that sued gun makers. It said the industry violates public nuisance law by failing to take reasonable steps to stop widespread access to illegal firearms.

The lawsuit asked for no monetary damages. It sought a court order for gun makers to more closely monitor dealers that frequently sell guns that are later used to commit crimes.