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Louisiana bill against gun suit awaits signature

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A bill intended to thwart New Orleans' landmark lawsuit against gun manufacturers awaits the approval of Gov. Mike Foster, who promised to sign it into law "as soon as it hits my desk."

"The problem with all the national gun legislation is that it won't stop violence," Foster said Thursday. "The way to stop violence is to put people in jail who use guns. There's just not enough prosecution."The bill, which passed the state Senate on Wednesday without a dissenting vote, would prevent Louisiana cities from suing the gun industry for the costs of violent crime and accidental shootings.

The measure has a retroactive clause designed to nullify the first-in-the-nation suit filed last fall by New Orleans, which claimed that gun makers should be held responsible for making a product without adequate safety devices. Other cities -- including Boston on Thursday -- followed with similar suits.

Mayor Marc Morial said New Orleans would proceed with its suit and challenge the law in court.