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Florida Legislative Alert

Thursday, April 12, 2001

REPORT ON HB-449 and SB-412, two bills which would stop governments from filing frivolous and reckless lawsuits against gun manufacturers

HB-449 was on the Special Order Calendar for the House Floor April 10 and never had a chance to be heard.

Liberal Democrats in the House argued, questioned, tried to amend many bills and appeared to intentionally slow down the proceedings of the House. Out of 42 bills scheduled to be heard yesterday afternoon, only 16 were actually heard.

Anti-gun Democrats have also filed 5 gun-control amendments to try to put on HB-449 on the floor when the bill does comes up. The House will not meet again in Session until Monday afternoon April 16, 2001.

HB-449 by Rep. Allan Bense, Rep. Jerry Paul & others is the HOUSE bill to stop governments from filing frivolous and reckless lawsuits against gun manufacturers. [Full summary below]

If you have not contacted House Members with your message of support for HB-449, it is not too late. They need to know that you support this bill and want them to support it as well.

Emails are still needed to members of the HOUSE.

IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT:

SUPPORT HB-449 by Reps. Bense & Paul - Stop Gun Manufact. Lawsuits

Use our "Write Your Reps" feature to contact your state officials now!

It is critical to contact these members and urge them to support this bill.

BILL SUMMARY: HB-449 CIVIL ACTIONS/GUN MANUFACTURERS
Prohibits any lawsuit by, or on behalf of, the state, county, municipality, town, special purpose district or other political subdivision for damages, abatement, or injunctive relief resulting from the lawful design, marketing, distribution, or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public. Provides that the potential of a firearm or ammunition to cause injury, damage, or death is not a defective condition, whether the firearm or ammunition is discharged legally or illegally. Provides for the award of expenses and attorney`s fees.


REPORT ON SENATE FLOOR ACTION ON SB-412 April 12

SB-412 By Bronson PASSED SENATE 27-12

SB-412 was on Third Reading and Final Passage on the Senate Floor today. Anti-gun Senate Democrats stood in line to speak against the bill to no avail. The bill PASSED by a vote of 27-12.

The bill was Immediately Certified to the House and will be there when the House comes back in Session next week.

SB-412 by Sen. Charlie Bronson & others is the SENATE bill to stop governments from filing frivolous and reckless lawsuits against gun manufacturers. [Full summary below]

FLORIDA SENATE ROLL CALL VOTE on SB-412 4/12/2001

R) Charlie Bronson YES (R) John Laurent YES
(R) Ginny Brown-Waite YES (D) Al Lawson YES
(R) Locke Burt YES (R) Tom Lee YES
(D) Walter Campbell NO (R) John McKay (Pres.) YES
(R) Lisa Carlton YES (D) Kendrick Meek NO
(R) Charles Clary YES (D) Les Miller, Jr. NO
(R) Lee Constantine YES (D) Richard Mitchell YES
(R) Anna Cowin YES (R) Durell Peaden YES
(R) Victor Crist YES (R) Bill Posey YES
(D) Mandy D-White NO (R) Ken Pruitt YES
(R) Alex Diaz Portilla YES (D) Tom Rossin NO
(D) Buddy Dyer NO (R) Debby Sanderson YES
(R) Rudy Garcia YES (R) Burt Saunders YES
(D) Steven Geller NO (R) James Sebesta YES
(D) Betty Holzendorf NO (D) Ron Silver NO
(R) Jim Horne ABSENT (D) Rodney Smith YES
(D) Daryl Jones NO (R) Donald Sullivan YES
(R) Jim King YES (R) Alex Villalobos YES
(D) Ron Klein NO (D) Debbie Schultz NO
(R) Jack Latvala YES (R) Daniel Webster YES

If you wish to thank Senate Members who voted for the bill:

IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT:

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING SB-412 by Bronson/Gun Manuf. Lawsuits

Use our "Write Your Reps" feature to contact your state officials now!

BILL SUMMARY: SB-412 CIVIL ACTIONS/GUN MANUFACTURERS
Prohibits any lawsuit by, or on behalf of, the state, county, municipality, town, special purpose district or other political subdivision for damages, abatement, or injunctive relief resulting from the lawful design, marketing, distribution, or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public. Provides that the potential of a firearm or ammunition to cause injury, damage, or death is not a defective condition, whether the firearm or ammunition is discharged legally or illegally. Provides for the award of expenses and attorney`s fees.

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