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No trial for gun maker.

A California judge has barred survivors of a San Francisco law firm shooting from going to trial against the maker of an assault pistol that was used in the 1993 massacre.

Superior Court Judge James Warren granted a motion for summary judgment filed by gun maker Navegar, Inc., of Miami. (In re 101 California Street, Master File No. 959316 (Cal., San Francisco County Super. Ct. May 6,1997).)

Eight people, including gunman Gian Luigi Ferri, were killed and six others were wounded in the shooting at Pettit & Martin. The lawsuit, brought by the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence on behalf of the survivors and victims' relatives, sought to hold Navegar liable for manufacturing an assault weapon that is designed for mass killing.

Warren found that the advocacy group failed to prove Navegar violated any California law. The case was unusual because the plaintiffs invoked a foreseeability argument rather than a defective product claim. Last year, the pawnshop that sold Ferri the weapons agreed in an out-of-court settlement to pay damages to the families of several victims. (Pawnshop Settlement Leaves Gun Maker to Face Liability in Pettit & Martin Case, TRIAL, July 1996, at 104.)
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Title Annotation:California; In re 101 California Street
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Date:Jul 1, 1997
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