Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Continues To Build Momentum

Friday, May 17, 2002

S. 2268, the Senate version of reckless lawsuit preemption, is rapidly gaining support. This bill, along with the House companion (H.R. 2037), seeks to block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold law-abiding gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products. Last week, five Senators had signed their names to S. 2268—introduced by U.S. Senators Larry Craig (R-Id.) and Zell Miller (D-Ga.)—but thanks to the encouragement of NRA members and the pro-gun community, a total of 13 Senators have now signed on. This is excellent progress, but the bill still needs more support. The House companion already has more than half of that chamber’s members signed on as co-sponsors (227), and has progressed through subcommittee, so our focus has shifted to recruiting more support for the Senate bill. Please contact your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 to urge them to co-sponsor this critical legislation. To find additional contact information, use our "Write Your Reps" tool.

As for the House bill, H.R. 2037, we reported last week that the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade & Consumer Protection approved it by voice vote. During last week’s subcommittee meeting—the process that follows hearings and which is referred to as the "markup" session—U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) introduced substitute language to H.R. 2037. Stearns, who originally introduced the bill with Representative Chris John (D-La.), offered his substitute to address the "negligent entrustment" issue. Stearns’ language makes it clear that no protection is provided for a person if he supplies a firearm or ammunition to a person who the seller "knows or should know the person to whom the product is supplied is likely to use the product, and in fact does use the product, in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical injury to himself and others."

During his opening statement, Rep. John pointed out that these reckless lawsuits threaten billions of dollars in commerce. He went further and explained that those who depend on gun manufacturers for jobs could be seriously harmed by these lawsuits, pointing out that lifestyles and livelihoods in Louisiana and across the nation are threatened by the suits. Rep. John also cautioned that if these baseless suits are allowed to continue, every industry in America could be attacked in a similarly baseless way.

U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) gave strong support for the legislation, and remarked that if these lawsuits are not stopped, similar reckless suits against automobile manufacturers may be next. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) supported Dingell’s concerns with an accurate analogy, pointing out that opponents of this legislation seem to be saying that if a person drives his car into a crowd of people on a street corner, the city where the accident occurred should be able to sue the car manufacturer.

Rep. Dianne DeGette (D-Colo.)—one of Congress’s more extreme anti-gun voices—made the expected objections to any relief from baseless lawsuits being extended to gun manufacturers. She even went so far as to claim that NRA—which is clearly not a member of the firearms industry—would be protected from lawsuits. Clearly, DeGette is also opposed to pro-Second Amendment advocacy groups exercising their right to free speech as protected under the First Amendment, most recently exemplified by her support of the recently-enacted campaign finance "reform" law.

Be sure to contact the following pro-gun Representatives to thank them for their support of this critical reform: Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), Charlie Bass (R-N.H.), Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), John Dingell (D-Mich.), Earnest Fletcher (R-Ky.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and George Radanovich (R-Calif.). And a special thanks should be extended to Chris John (D-La.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), who have spearheaded the efforts to date to ultimately guide this legislation through the House. You can reach these lawmakers by calling the House switchboard at (202) 225-3121, but to find additional contact information, use our "Write Your Reps" tool.

TRENDING NOW
Democrats' Exciting New Hope Adheres to Tired Old Anti-Gun Dogma

News  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Democrats' Exciting New Hope Adheres to Tired Old Anti-Gun Dogma

Democrats searching for a standard-bearer in the 2020 presidential election lit on long-time entertainment, media, and publishing figure Oprah Winfrey this week, following a speech Winfrey gave at a televised Hollywood extravaganza.

Virginia: Gun Control Tops New Governor’s Agenda

News  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Virginia: Gun Control Tops New Governor’s Agenda

This week, Virginia Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam outlined their top priorities for the upcoming legislative session, and highlighted expanded background checks for all firearm sales and other transfers (so-called “universal” background checks) as ...

Washington: Senate Law & Justice Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Next Monday

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Washington: Senate Law & Justice Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Next Monday

On Monday, January 15th at 10:00AM, the Senate Law & Justice Committee is scheduled to hear multiple anti-gun bills.  Testimony will be limited during the hearing, so all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly ...

Washington: Substitute Versions of Gun Control Bills to Be Heard

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Washington: Substitute Versions of Gun Control Bills to Be Heard

Last night, anti-gun legislators introduced substitute bills for Senate Bill 5444 and Senate Bill 5463.  These substituted versions will replace the original bills that are scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, January 15th. NRA remains opposed ...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Florida Alert: League of Women Voters Off The Rails

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, the League of Women Voters’ lobbyist, Stephanie Owens of Tallahassee, was in the House Judiciary Committee meeting to oppose HB-55 on behalf of the League.        

Indiana: Gun Bills Filed

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Indiana: Gun Bills Filed

With the 2018 Indiana legislative session underway, a number of bills affecting your Second Amendment and hunting rights have been filed.

Washington: Gun Control Bill Scheduled for Vote in House Judiciary

Friday, January 12, 2018

Washington: Gun Control Bill Scheduled for Vote in House Judiciary

Next Thursday, January 18th, House Bill 1122 is scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee. Introduced by Representative Ruth Kagi (D-34) in 2017, HB 1122 received a public hearing last year and a ...

Unhappy New Year for California Gun Owners

News  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Unhappy New Year for California Gun Owners

While most of America was busy preparing to celebrate the New Year, gun owners in California were scrambling to lawfully purchase ammunition while they still could. Beginning January 1, all ammunition sales were required go ...

Colorado: Pro-Gun Legislators Renew Push to Repeal Magazine Limit

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Colorado: Pro-Gun Legislators Renew Push to Repeal Magazine Limit

Yesterday, Senator Owen Hill, and Representatives Lori Saine and Stephen Humphrey introduced Senate Bill 52, legislation that seeks to repeal the misguided 2013 law that limited the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold.

Virginia: Dangerous Gun Control Agenda Looming as Legislature Convenes for its 2018 Legislative Session

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Virginia: Dangerous Gun Control Agenda Looming as Legislature Convenes for its 2018 Legislative Session

As the Virginia General Assembly reconvenes for the 2018 session, it is more imperative than ever for NRA members and gun owners to make their voice heard.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.