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Democrats Move To Make Gunmakers Liable For Gun Crimes

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Democratic lawmakers  introduced legislation Tuesday to hold gun manufacturers liable for crimes committed with their products.

The measure, introduced in both the House and Senate, seeks to repeal legislation passed in 2005 that enacted litigation protections for the gun industry, National Public Radio (NPR) reported.

“Responsible actors in the gun industry don’t need this limitation on liability. And the irresponsible ones don’t deserve it,” California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said at a press conference Tuesday.

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“All we’re doing through this proposal is giving victims of gun violence their day in court,” said Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, co-sponsor of the bill’s Senate version.

The NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) oppose the bill.

“You would no more charge or blame Ford or General Motors for drunk driving accidents,” Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of government affairs for the NSSF, told NPR. “It is wrong to hold the gun or any other industry liable for the criminal misuse of non-defective products sold lawfully.”

This isn’t the first time a measure to repeal liability protections for the gun industry has been pursued. Schiff’s first measure was introduced in 2013, and has been repeated at least twice since. None of the measures passed.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was passed in 2005 and former President George W. Bush signed, blocked civil actions against ammunition and firearm dealers, builders or trade groups when a firearm is used to commit a crime.

Existing law hasn’t stopped victim advocates from trying to hold gunmakers responsible for gun crimes. Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled in March that Sandy Hook shooting victims’ families could sue Remington Arms. Remington is appealing the ruling.

“Every other industry has to pay punitive damages,” continued Blumenthal. “That will provide a powerful incentive as it has done in tobacco, in automobiles, in pharmaceutical drugs, for safer products.”

The bill is called the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.

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4 comments

  1. I think we’re all on the same sheet here; such legislation would destroy the country in about 4 days as millions upon millions of lawsuits are filed against every manufacturer of cars, construction equipment, airplanes, medicine, sporting equipment, swimming pool components, yard tools, skateboards, flooring, and of course every single food producer and distributor. Until the wording of the bill specifically targets only gun manufacturers and specifically protects all other industries, it’s just more meaningless empty words from the Dems to their uneducated and non-thinking minions.

    Of course, this does not mean we should or will relax our vigilance in any way. The Dems will allow nothing whatsoever to stand between them and their goals.

  2. What next? will we hold car manufactures responsible for people killed by car accidents as well? How about people who make hammers and baseball bats they are used in murders as well are we going to ban them and hold the manufactures libel as well? Democrats/Socialist/Communist can’t take over the country as long as the people are armed.

  3. There never seems to be an end to the manipulative communist tactics of the Democrats. The Democrat Party has over time morphed into The Communist Party and postured themselves as our overlords. In this context perhaps it’s long overdue they are held personally responsible for supposed “gun violence”.

  4. Billy Ray Whitfield

    DimTards will do anything to disarm Americans so that they can come out in their full Communist Ways and start killing Americans, but that will never happen. To make gun makers guilty of crimes other commit will lead to car companies being held responsible for any and all accident and deaths, along with food companies and on down the line! DimTards are some of the Dumbest, most Treasonous sewer maggots in the USA!

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