Smith & Wesson Settles Municipalities’ Lawsuits

2000

In the first settlement of its kind, Smith & Wesson announces a legal settlement of many of the lawsuits brought against it by municipalities around the country, including Atlanta; Berkeley, Calif.; Camden, N.J.; Detroit; Gary, Ind.; Los Angeles; Miami-Dade; San Francisco; St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. The settlement binds Smith & Wesson to change the way it designs its guns (such as installing safety mechanisms like child safety locks and “smart gun” technology), and how it distributes its guns (such as only selling them only to authorized dealers who can prove that the guns they sell are not disproportionately used in crimes).