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Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Remains In NRA Spotlight

Friday, March 14, 2003

Reckless lawsuit preemption legislation remains one of the top priorities for NRA this Congress. H.R. 1036, the House version of this critical reform, was introduced on February 27, and its 243 original cosponsors—a number that easily exceeds a simple majority of U.S. Representatives—indicates this Congress may be ready to deliver the final nail in the coffin for the predatory lawsuits advanced by anti-gun extremists. This reckless lawsuit agenda, promoted, funded, and litigated by the Brady Campaign/HCI and anti-gun big city mayors (who are misusing taxpayer dollars to fund this anti-gun strategy), is designed to drive law-abiding gun makers into bankruptcy. It seeks to force them to defend themselves against the absurd allegation that the firearm industry should be held accountable when violent criminals go through illegal channels to obtain lawful, non-defective firearms, then use them to commit violent crimes.

Those lawmakers who have already signed on to this legislation deserve our thanks, so please call them to express your support. Those who have not should be encouraged to sign on as cosponsors, and U.S. Senators need to be encouraged to support a companion bill in the Senate.

You can reach your U.S. Representative by calling (202) 225-3121, and your U.S. Senators by calling (202) 224-3121. For additional contact information, use our "Write Your Representatives" tool.

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