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Calling it little more than a “round-about attempt” to regulate guns, a state appeals panel in Miami on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that Miami-Dade County’s lawsuit against the nation’s gun industry may not proceed because the county has no standing to sue on behalf of gunshot victims. The 3rd District Court of Appeal noted that the county’s request that the trial court use injunctive powers to mandate that guns be redesigned and that gun makers’ business methods be deemed a public nuisance was “an attempt to regulate firearms and ammunition through … the judiciary.” The suit, filed in 1999, also asked that the nation’s major gun manufacturers and those who sell guns be held liable for the costs the county incurred when it paid for victims’ medical expenses at public hospitals. The court noted that it had examined similar appellate decisions and that in all but one, had “precluded relief similar” to that requested by Miami-Dade. County Attorney Robert Ginsburg said he had not yet seen the ruling, but would “give it serious consideration in terms of any further appellate proceedings.”

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