Issues by Topic: Reckless Lawsuits

April 1, 2010

"Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act"

On October 26, 2005, President Bush signed S. 397, the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." Introduced by Sens. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Max Baucus (D-MT), this legislation is a vitally important first step toward ending the anti-gun lobby`s shameless attempts to bankrupt the American firearms industry through reckless lawsuits. Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Rick Boucher (D-VA) introduced similar legislation, H.R. 800 in the House of Representatives.

March 19, 2009

Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Gun Industry

Fairfax, Va. - Today, the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed yet another reckless lawsuit aimed at putting firearms manufacturers out of business. Adames v. Beretta was dismissed under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 (PLCAA). The court’s order affirmed the original trial court judgment in the case. This is the second judicial decision in 2009 upholding a dismissal under the PLCAA. Ten days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals in the cases of New York v. Beretta and District of Columbia v. Beretta.

February 27, 2008

Mike's March To The Sea (interrupted)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agents marched across neighboring states with their questionable “sting” tactics, burning legitimate gun dealers as they went. Now, some of those law-abiding gun dealers have filed suit against the gun-banning mayor. Can they really afford to fight city hall--and its resident billionaire?

October 16, 2007

Poltical Report: Bullying Bloomberg’s Bubble Gets Burst

Congratulations are due once again to you and your fellow NRA members. When New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg came to Washington, D.C. in an all-out effort to strip the Tiahrt Amendment from a government spending bill, you handed him a crash course in civics--and civility.

August 4, 2007

Political Report: Congress and The Tiahrt Amendment

It's taken six months, but Congress is finally turning its attention to the Second Amendment debate. By the time you read this article, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee will have decided whether to renew the so-called Tiahrt Amendment.

July 12, 2007

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Preserves Tiahrt Amendment Attempts to Gut Language Rejected

Fairfax, Va. - The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to protect language commonly known as the Tiahrt Amendment, rejecting two separate amendments designed to strike and gut...

July 4, 2007

Political Report: AHSA and the Tiarht Amendment

Led by gun-ban lobbyist Robert Ricker and high-dollar underwriter of gun control groups and politicians Ray Schoenke, AHSA was hoping that the thin camouflage of their deceptive name would be enough to blend in. Their goal was to hold a press conference and fool the media into parroting their anti-gun agenda. That agenda, in turn, came straight from anti-gun luminary Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City and self-appointed Gun Policy Czar for the nation.

June 20, 2007

Indiana Mayor Latest to Leave Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Coalition

Fairfax, VA - Carmel, Indiana Mayor Jim Brainard is the most recent addition to a list of the nation’s mayors to resign from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun coalition. “These...

May 24, 2007

Don’t Buy Claims About Tiahrt Gun Amendment

Some of America’s mayors, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and Thomas M. Menino of Boston, would like you to believe that their Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition is about fighting illegal firearms in their cities and across the country. It’s not.

May 23, 2007

Political Report: The Tiahrt Amendment

Ronald Reagan put it this way four decades ago: “The only choice we have is up or down--up, to the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down, to the deadly dullness of totalitarianism.”

February 8, 2007

Statement from NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox on ATF Rebuking Mayor Bloomberg's "Sting Operations"

  "NRA has always maintained that Mayor Bloomberg overstepped his boundaries and possibly broke the law in conducting these sting operations, and we expressed our concerns to ATF immediately....

July 27, 2006

Chris W. Cox's Political Report: Ignoring S. 397

Freedom’s enemies want to eliminate gun owner privacy. Their intentions are clear—conduct massive fishing expeditions into the BATFE tracing database, examine the chain-of-custody of every gun BATFE traces, and then assign blame, file more baseless lawsuits and seek damages from everyone in their path, including you.

January 1, 2006

Chris W. Cox's Political Report: Victory With S. 397

Our opponents are determined to undo our victory. They simply cannot accept that their cause has been repudiated and their objectives deemed illegitimate. They ignore the clear evidence of overwhelming majority votes in both chambers of Congress, and the president’s subsequent signature of S. 397.

October 26, 2005

President Bush Signs "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act”Landmark NRA Victory Now Law

(Washington, DC) - President George W. Bush today signed into law the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" (S. 397) ending politically...

October 20, 2005

Historic Victory for NRA U.S. House of Representatives Passes the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act"

Fairfax, VA) - Today the United States House of Representatives passed the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” (S. 397) by a bipartisan vote of 283-144. The legislation now moves to President Bush’s desk for his expected signature.

October 17, 2005

Protecting our Rights and our Local Gun Makers by U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD)

By U.S. Senator John Thune Firearms are a valued part of the culture and fabric of South Dakota. Each year, South Dakota issues well over 120,000 resident hunting licenses, and nearly...

September 12, 2005

Victory in the Senate

When the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 to pass S.397--the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act--and end predatory lawsuits against our firearm industry, gun owners scored their greatest legislative win since enactment of 1986`s Firearms Owners` Protection Act.

August 14, 2005

Taxpayer Funded Reckless Lawsuits Against The Firearms Industry

The status or disposition of lawsuits brought by state and local governments against lawful firearms businesses.

August 1, 2005

Chris W. Cox's Political Report: D.C. and S. 397

The same-song chorus of reactions to a bill to reform D.C. gun laws is not a new one. But now, another obscure D.C. law has emerged as a major threat to gun owners all across the nation. This is a law you have probably never even heard or read about.

July 29, 2005

Joint Statement by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox On Passage of the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act"

Today, in an historic vote in Second Amendment history, freedom prevailed. When it comes to something as fundamental as the Second Amendment, the American people are determined to protect this freedom. That’s what happened in the United States Senate today.

July 26, 2005

U.S. Senate Begins Debate on S. 397

Final Vote On S. 397 Expected This Week!Stop Reckless Lawsuits Today! On Tuesday, July 26, the U.S. Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 397, "The Protection of Lawful...

July 25, 2005

Statement from NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox on False Statement by Violence Policy Center

Wrong Company, Wrong Country.   Apparently the radical Violence Policy Center is having a difficult time grasping the difference between Fabbrica d`Armi Pietro Beretta - a company...

April 5, 2005

S. 397 Call to Arms

The U.S. Senate is preparing to debate S. 397, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. And the debate could be already underway by the time you read this column.

March 18, 2005

Reckless Lawsuits—What The Courts Say

Judicial Activism "It seems that plaintiffs seek injunctive relief from this court because relief has not been forthcoming from the General Assembly. We are reluctant to interfere...

March 1, 2005

In Their Own Words - Anti-Gun Supporters Of Lawsuits Against The Firearms Industry

"Second Amendment rights? Boolsheet! . . . We comin’ after ‘em; we are a bad dream for the gun industry."--Trial attorney Wendell GauthierThe Weekly Standard, Feb. 1, 1999 "If the Court...

February 27, 2005

Guarding the Rear

The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the Department of Justice recently released a comprehensive 160-page memorandum it sent to the attorney general last August addressing the question of whether the Second Amendment secures an individual right. The memorandum concludes that the Second Amendment does indeed guarantee an individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

February 16, 2005

NRA Urges Congress to Stop Frivolous Lawsuits Against Lawful Businesses

  Fairfax, VA - Today Sens. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced S. 397, “The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act”, in the United States Senate.  This critical...

November 18, 2004

Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Chicago’s Suit Against Gun Manufacturers: Legal Cause “Not Found”

Fairfax, VA—In a landmark legal decision, the Illinois Supreme Court today dismissed a liability lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago against gun manufacturers, stating there is no...

July 28, 2004

Chris Cox's Political Report--Sen. John Edwards

John Edwards' four years in the Senate are characterized primarily by poor attendance, but the votes he has cast are far closer to the Massachusetts liberal benchmark set by John Kerry than to views held by North Carolina voters.

July 27, 2004

NRA Hails Missouri Appeals Court Decision; Reckless St. Louis Lawsuit Thrown Out

Fairfax, VA -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) commends the Missouri Court of Appeals decision to dismiss St. Louis’ frivolous lawsuit against the lawful firearm industry. The...

June 2, 2004

No Compromise

"We are committed to winning passage of the 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,' but we will never compromise our support of the Second Amendment to do so." -- NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox

April 28, 2004

Chris Cox's Political Report, May 2004

Anti-gun candidates have now accepted that they must give grudging lip service to the Second Amendment. But they refuse to abandon their broad agenda of pushing incremental, creeping restrictions on our fundamental rights. They are blind to the inconsistency of their rhetoric, and they are hoping to blind you with it as well.

April 8, 2004

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

U.S. Sens. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have introduced the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to block baseless lawsuits by anti-gun groups and greedy trial lawyers seeking to bankrupt the American firearm industry. The bill recognizes those lawsuits as a flagrant abuse of the judicial system, designed to advance a stalled anti-gun legislative agenda.

March 2, 2004

NRA Statement on S.1805

NRA Statement on S. 1805 from Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President,  and Chris W. Cox, NRA`s Chief Lobbyist In a move to exploit meaningful legislation designed to preserve...

February 24, 2004

White House Urges Clean Passage Of S. 1805

Washington, DC -- In a Statement of Administration Policyreleased tonight, the White House called for the clean and expeditious passage of the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms...

January 20, 2004

Chris Cox`s Political Report, January 2004

It`s time to tell both of your U.S.senators to stop playing politics with the Second Amendment. Tell them it`s time to pass S. 659/S. 1805. Make no mistake--with your help, we will win this fight and see this critical legislation signed into law.

October 16, 2003

Courts Reject Lawsuits Against Gun Makers

Court after court, including the U.S. Supreme Court and three state Supreme Courts, have rejected these lawsuits. Spearheaded by the anti-gun lobby, the suits are intended to circumvent Congress and state legislatures--all of which have rejected handgun prohibition legislation--by attempting to achieve handgun prohibition through the courts.

September 12, 2003

NRA Statement on Passage of Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Bill

In the second veto override in support of gun rights this week, the Missouri Legislature passed legislation banning frivolous lawsuits against the firearms industry (SB 13). This victory...

September 9, 2003

Unions, Commerce and Conservation Organizations Urge Passage of S. 659, The "Protection Of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act"

Washington, D.C. -- The effort to stop reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the American firearms industry recently gained support from over 30 wildlife conservation organizations,...

July 21, 2003

NAACP Case Against the Firearms Industry Dismissed

Washington, DC-- Following the recommendation of a 12 member advisory jury, Judge Jack B. Weinstein ruled today in the Brooklyn Federal courthouse that the NAACP had failed to make...