Chicago Sues Glock, Aims To Outlaw All Sales

The city of Chicago has brought an unprecedented lawsuit against the renowned gun manufacturer, Glock, Inc., accusing the company of facilitating the transformation of semi-automatic handguns into illegal machine guns through a modification known as the “Glock switch.” The case is the first brought under Illinois’ new Firearms Industry Responsibility Act.

The contention revolves around the ease with which Glock’s pistols can be converted into fully automatic weapons. The city claims that the modification increases a weapon’s fire rate and has been linked to a surge in violent crimes across Chicago. The city has crafted a statistical analysis that claims more than 1,100 modified Glocks have been recovered by law enforcement since 2021.

Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) said, “The City of Chicago is encountering a deadly new frontier in the gun violence plaguing our communities because of the increase of fully automatic Glocks on our streets.” He claims the city’s commitment to curbing gun violence and “holding Glock accountable” is needed because the company has been “negligent” and caused harm to the community.

The lawsuit claims Glock knows that its firearms can be modified but has decided against taking the preventive measures the city — not the Second Amendment or the free market — deems best. Chicago officials claim the functionality of Glock firearms is contributing to the escalation of gun-related violence in the city. Somehow, Glock is supposedly responsible for placing an “undue burden” on public resources, ranging from public health services to law enforcement.

The new lawsuit represents yet another overreach by anti-gun factions within government bodies, attempting to erode Second Amendment rights under the guise of public safety. Attempting to hold manufacturers responsible for the criminal misuse of legally sold products sets a dangerous precedent that could extend beyond legal firearms.

Furthermore, the involvement of groups like Everytown for Gun Safety, alongside the city of Chicago, indicates a coordinated effort to leverage courts in leftist progressive jurisdictions against legal gun manufacturers. This partnership reflects a broader strategy employed by gun control advocates, utilizing litigation to advance their agenda amid stalled legislative efforts at the federal level. When leftists find themselves blocked by the democracy they claim to support, they turn to activist judges.