David Kopel, the research director of the Independence Institute but who testified on his own behalf, said SB 168 will not create a level playing field. Instead, he said, it will create a special category of lawsuits only against the gun industry, including local mom-and-pop firearms businesses. He also questioned whether the attorney general would sue even when a victim doesn’t want to.

The bill, he said, is intended to put the firearms industry and dealers out of business through “abuse litigation.”

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