Bill Detail: SB23-168

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Title Gun Violence Victims' Access To Judicial System
Status Governor Signed (04/28/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors J. Mabrey (D)
J. Parenti (D)
Senate Sponsors S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
C. Kolker (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/23/2023

Current law limits product liability actions against manufacturers
of firearms and ammunition to situations in which there was a defect in
the design or manufacture of a firearm or ammunition. The bill repeals
that limitation.
The bill defines the terms firearm industry member (industry
member) and firearm industry product (industry product) and requires
each industry member that is engaged in the manufacture, distribution,
importation, marketing, or wholesale or retail sale of an industry product
in Colorado to establish and implement reasonable controls and
precautions related to the industry product in its control (firearm industry
standards of responsible conduct).
A cause of action is created for a person or entity that suffered
harm as a result of an industry member violation of the firearm industry
standards of responsible conduct, or for the attorney general or the
attorney general's designee, for enforcement and remedy of any harms
caused as a result of an industry member's violation. An intervening act
by a third party, including unlawful misuse of an industry product, does
not prevent an industry member from being liable. A cause of action may
be brought within 5 years after the date that the violation occurred or the
harm was incurred.

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