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S. 397 On Senate Floor!--Final Vote Expected This Week!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 397, "The Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act."  S. 397 will now be debated on the Senate floor over the next few days.

Now is your final chance to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to pass S. 397 without any anti-gun amendments!

Some of the possible anti-gun amendments expected to be offered to S. 397 include:

  • .50 caliber rifle bans
  • Semi-auto bans
  • Bans on gun shows
  • Amendments to gut the provisions of the bill

Please help us finish the job in the U.S. Senate by contacting your U.S. Senators IMMEDIATELY and urging them to support S. 397 without any anti-gun amendments.  Be sure to tell your Senators that you consider any votes for any anti-gun amendments as a vote against S. 397 itself.

(For more complete information on S. 397, and to contact your U.S. Senators, please go to http://www.nraila.org/stoprecklesslawsuits.aspx. You may also call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121.  Please IMMEDIATELY share this information with everyone you know who supports the Second Amendment!)


Below is the Bush Administration's "Statement of Administration Policy" in support of S. 397 released today:

"The Administration strongly supports Senate passage of S. 397. The Administration urges the Senate to pass a clean bill, in order to ensure enactment of the legislation this year. Any amendment that would delay enactment of the bill beyond this year is unacceptable. The manufacturer or seller of a legal, non-defective product should not be held liable for the criminal or unlawful misuse of that product by others.

"The possibility of imposing liability on an entire industry for harm that is solely caused by others is an abuse of the legal system, erodes public confidence in our Nation's laws, threatens the diminution of a basic constitutional right and civil liberty, sets a poor precedent for other lawful industries, will cause a loss of jobs, and burdens interstate and foreign commerce. S. 397 would help curb frivolous litigation against a lawful American industry and the thousands of workers it employs and would help prevent abuse of the legal system. The bill would also safeguard our national security by preventing frivolous lawsuits against an industry that plays an important role in fulfilling our military's procurement needs. At the same time, the legislation would carefully preserve the right of individuals to have their day in court with civil liability actions. These civil actions are enumerated in the bill and respect the traditional role of the States in the Nation's Federal system with regard to such actions."

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