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Congress Passes Bill Blocking Suits Vs Gun Makers

OCTOBER 20, 2005 -- With a 283-144 bi-partisan vote, the US House of Representatives passed a landmark bill to block lawsuits that seek to hold firearms manufacturers liable for the criminal misuse of their lawfully sold products. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S. 397) will prevent wrongful civil liability lawsuits against law-abiding companies and end years of abuse of America's legal system by industry opponents.

The bill will now head to President Bush, who has said he would sign it if it reached his desk. The Senate passed the bill in July with a 65-31 bi-partisan vote.

"The overwhelming bi-partisan support of this bill in both the Senate and House demonstrates Congress's ability to work together when it comes to protecting America's law-abiding businesses, in turn protecting thousands of jobs nationwide. Our industry sincerely thanks Sen. Larry Craig and Rep. Cliff Sterns for introducing this much-needed legislation and President Bush, who has continuously promoted legal reform in order to protect our nation’s businesses and economy," said Doug Painter, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association representing firearms and ammunition manufacturers.


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