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Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Still Top Legislative Priority

Friday, July 18, 2003

As noted in previous Alerts, one of NRA-ILA`s top legislative priorities in Congress continues to be the passage of a federal law to block reckless lawsuits against the firearm industry. We cannot over-emphasize the need for you to remain actively engaged in your efforts to ensure passage of S. 659– the Senate version of reckless lawsuit preemption. It is critical that you continue to contact your U.S. Senators in support of S. 659 and urge them to preempt predatory, meritless lawsuits designed to wipe out the firearm industry, or impose nationwide gun control "laws" by local judicial fiat. Let your Senators know that it is crucial they cosponsor and support S. 659, and halt the abuse of our courts by anti-gun extremists who are trying to usurp the legislative process with the aid of greedy trial lawyers and activist judges. Also urge them to support the will of the majority by working to derail the filibuster that anti-gun Senators have threatened to launch in a shameless attempt to defeat S. 659.

Further illustrating wide-spread, bipartisan support for S. 659, the co-chairs of the Senate Sportsman`s Caucus, Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Id.), and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), this week authored a letter to fellow Caucus members encouraging them to support S.659, and requesting them to sign on as cosponsors.

While it is critical that you contact your U.S. Senators encouraging them to cosponsor and support S. 659, it is just as important that you continue to communicate with your U.S. Representative and your Senators, urging them to oppose current legislation seeking to reauthorize and expand the 1994 Clinton gun ban—H.R. 2038 and S. 1034, respectively. Please remember that for all of the above-mentioned action items, you can find contact information for your elected officials by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at our website (www.NRAILA.org), or you can call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121. Once you have taken this action, please be sure to forward this information to your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners, and strongly encourage them to contact their lawmakers as well.

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