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Suit Highlights Need To Pass S. 397 In U.S. House

Friday, October 7, 2005

Yet another example of the need to pass S. 397 surfaced this week in Washington, D.C., as the Supreme Court Monday refused to block a lawsuit against firearm manufacturers.

Washington D.C.'s "strict liability" law holds any manufacturer of any firearm liable if one of their guns is used in the commission of a crime.  The statute is one of the most egregious in the nation, putting the entire industry at risk if one of their products is used in the commission of a crime in D.C.

A filing by former Solicitor General Ted Olson, (lead counsel for the gun manufacturers in  Beretta v. District of Columbia), countered the decision, telling the justices, "The District of Columbia's statute threatens ... gun manufacturers with draconian penalties based on their lawful out-of-state commercial activity--and on the criminal misconduct of third parties over whom the manufacturers have no control."

It is critical that you continue to contact your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to pass S. 397 (as passed by the Senate) in the U.S. House.  It's time to put a stop to these meritless, rapacious lawsuits once and for all.

You can find contact information for your elected officials by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org, or you can call your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121.

We can and will achieve our mutual goal of finally enacting this common sense law, but only with your continued assistance.  Please help us finish the job once and for all by contacting your U.S. Representative in Washington and urging him/her to support the  "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" as passed by the Senate.

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