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Miller/Craig Introduce Senate Reckless Lawsuit Ban

Friday, May 3, 2002

Last week, U.S. Senators Zell Miller (D-Ga.) and Larry Craig (R-Id.) introduced S. 2268, the Senate’s version of reckless lawsuit preemption legislation. This bill seeks to block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products.

These frivolous suits—a shameless abuse of the courts devised by several anti-gun big city mayors and their cohorts in the gun-ban lobby—are nothing more than an attempt to drive the law-abiding firearms industry into bankruptcy by burdening them with the crushing cost of defending their safe, lawful products against an onslaught of baseless litigation. Court after court continues to reject the absurd notion that gun makers should be held responsible when criminals use firearms to commit criminal acts. But, nonetheless, the gun-ban movement continues with its baseless suits.

The U.S. House’s version of this legislation, H.R. 2037, has already attained 222 co-sponsors—more than half of that chamber’s members—and has had an extremely favorable hearing in subcommittee. Our focus for this critical legislative reform now has a parallel track, as we work to build co-sponsors for the bill in the Senate. Call both your U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor S. 2268. You can reach your Senators by calling (202) 224-3121. You can find additional contact information by entering your zip code in our "Write Your Reps" box above.

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