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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gunmakers Found Liable for Killings

NEW YORK -- A federal jury has found several gunmakers responsible in three New York-area shootings for letting guns fall into criminals' hands. Other manufacturers were cleared.

The only damages awarded were $500,000 to the sole survivor of the shootings, who was seriously wounded.

Steven Fox, 19, and relatives of six homicide victims sued the gun industry in 1995 for seven shootings.

The lawsuit sought unspecified damages from an industry that generates sales of $2 billion to $3 billion a year.

The jury found 15 of the 25 gunmakers that were sued distribute their product negligently. Of those, the jury linked nine of the companies to one or more of the three shootings. After the verdict, both sides claimed victory.