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Washington: House Committee Hearing Bill to Bankrupt Firearm Industry

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Washington: House Committee Hearing Bill to Bankrupt Firearm Industry

On March 14th, at 10:30AM, the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing for Senate Bill 5078, to allow anti-gun zealots to bankrupt the firearm industry with frivolous lawsuits. An executive session and vote will follow on March 17thNRA members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to oppose SB 5078 by noting their position for the legislative record and with in-person, remote, or written testimony. Click here for more information on how to participate.

Please also contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE SB 5078.


Senate Bill 5078 aims to undermine the PLCAA and subject licensed firearm manufacturers and sellers to frivolous lawsuits brought to recover damages for the criminal misuse of their products. Protecting the firearms industry, like other lawful industries, is necessary because our legal system generally does not punish anyone for the criminal actions of others. This bill simply seeks to sue the firearms industry out of existence in the state of Washington. The firearms industry supplies thousands of jobs in Washington and the excise tax on the sale and purchase of firearms, ammunition, and accessories produces millions of dollars for conservation in our state from Pittman-Robertson funds. This bill will eliminate thousands of jobs and deprive the state of millions of dollars annually. Without the firearms industry, Washingtonians will not have access to firearms and ammunition and the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.

SB 5078 is already scheduled for a work session on March 17th, where the Committee is expected to vote on the bill, so your immediate action and engagement in the public hearing is critical.

Again, please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE SB 5078.


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