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House Subcommittee Approves Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Bill

Friday, May 10, 2002

The U.S. House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee approved H.R. 2037 on Thursday, May 9. This bill, introduced by U.S. Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Chris John (D-La.), seeks to block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products. H.R. 2037 currently has 225 co-sponsors, and was approved on Thursday by a voice vote. Representatives Stearns and John deserve a great deal of thanks for their efforts to guide this critical legislation through the House. In addition, S. 2268, the Senate’s companion to the House reckless lawsuit preemption bill, has been introduced by U.S. Senators Larry Craig (R-Id.) and Zell Miller (D-Ga.). It has five co-sponsors, and needs more. Please 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 using our "Write Your Reps" tool.

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