NY AG could try to sue gun manufacturers under new law

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York can try to sue gun manufacturers over harm caused by their products under legislation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed.

The new law comes at a time when New York City in particular is facing a rise in shootings.

Cuomo also said Tuesday he would declare that gun violence in his state is a “disaster emergency” and start tracking hotspots of shootings.

Cuomo said declaring the emergency will make it easier to spend money on efforts to address and reduce gun violence.

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