The gun-grabbing Democrats in Congress are at it again, this time attempting to repeal a common-sense bill that protects gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits.
This week, US Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced the “Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act,” which would effectively repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), thus allowing shooting victims to “have their day in court” with gun manufacturers, sellers and interests groups.
“Victims of law-breaking gun makers and dealers deserve a day in court – fair rights and remedies restored by this measure,” said Sen. Blumenthal, in a press release.
“Alone among all industries, guns are protected by a near absolute wall of legal immunity that bars the courthouse doors to victims,” Blumenthal continued. “Our proposal would unlock the courthouse doors – holding gun makers and dealers accountable, and giving them a strong incentive to make safer, smarter products.”
Passed in 2005, the PLCAA simply protects the gun industry from civil liability when criminals or negligent users cause harm to themselves or others with a product. Since its passage, the PLCAA has been a primary target for anti-gunners. This new bill would strip away that protection.
“Making the gun industry immune from lawsuits effectively handed them a license to kill. Congress intentionally let gun makers and sellers off the hook for the murder and mayhem they knew would happen. And they looked the victims’ families in the eye and said ‘Tough luck. There’s nothing you can do about it’,” said Sen. Murphy.
“The gun lobby doesn’t own Congress like it used to – this legislation is essential to ending the firearms industry’s grip on Washington,” added Murphy.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what these gun-grabbers are trying to accomplish. They’re trying to bankrupt the industry, as Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in an email to GunsAmerica.
“No one frivolously sues a car manufacturer because a drunk driver kills someone with a car. But anti-gun groups and gun prohibitionists have sued gun manufacturers and dealers because a criminal misused their product,” said Gottlieb. “They do it try to bankrupt the industry
“Maybe we need a law to allow crime victims to sue democrats for passing laws that limit their means of self-defense,” Gottlieb quipped.
Larry Keane, senior vice president, assistant secretary and general counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, was also quick to point out the underlying agenda of this legislation.
“The PLCAA only bars frivolous lawsuits that seek to blame gun manufacturers and dealers for the criminal misuse of lawfully sold, non-defective products,” explained Keane in an email to GunsAmerica. “The PLCAA exists because the Brady Center, greedy trial lawyers and big city mayors got together in the late 1990’s to circumvent Congress and impose gun control regulation through litigation through settlements or bankrupt the industry with massive judgment.”
“They are lying about the PLCAA to advance the anti-Second Amendment agenda,” Keane continued. “They want to repeal the PLCAA so they can launch a new wave of frivolous lawsuits with the same objective. The gun control zealots badly underestimated the resolve of our industry then – and now – to stand and fight for truth and justice.”
While it’s unlikely this new bill will clear a GOP-dominated Congress, it’s important to note that all three Democratic candidates for president have expressed an interest in repealing or modifying the PLCAA, that includes Bernie Sanders, who initially supported the PLCAA.