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Today's Update On S. 397 (July 28, 2005)--<BR>"The Protection Of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act"

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Today the U.S. Senate took a number of actions related to S. 397, as debate winds down with a vote on final passage expected in the next 24 hours.  Among the Senate's actions today:

  • Passage by a vote of 70-30 of an amendment by Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) that requires federally licensed dealers to provide a "secure gun storage or safety device"  (e.g., trigger locks, cable locks, safes, gun cases, a lock box, etc.) with the sale/transfer of every handgun (does not apply to long guns).  It does not require gun owners to use the device, and does not create any new civil liability for gun owners who choose not to use these storage devices. Virtually all new handguns today are sold with some type of secure storage or safety device.  The Kohl Amendment does not have any significant impact on current law or S. 397 itself.

  • Tabling (and thus, killing) an amendment by Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) by a vote of 62-37.  The Levin Amendment would have gutted S. 397, creating a giant loophole for anti-gun activist lawyers, allowing exactly the type of lawsuits this bill is intended to prevent.  Last year this same amendment was decisively defeated. 

Please contact your U.S. Senators IMMEDIATELY and urge them to support S. 397 without any anti-gun amendments.  Be sure to tell your Senators that you consider any vote for anti-gun amendments as a vote against S. 397 itself.

ON FRIDAY, JULY 29, THERE WILL BE VOTES ON ANTI-GUN AMENDMENTS TO  BAN AMMUNITION AND GUT THE LEGISLATION!

(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!)

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