Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Bankrupt Gun Manufacturers, Dealers

One of the primary goals of anti-gunners is to bankrupt the gun industry by repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced legislation this week that would do just that.  

Rep. Schiff and Sen. Blumenthal call their bill the, “Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act,” and say it allows victims to have “their day in court.”  

“Our simple measure will give victims of gun violence their day in court and unlock the doors to justice —repealing the sweetheart deal that Congress granted to the gun lobby,” said Sen. Blumenthal, referring to the PLCAA which was enacted in 2005.

Rep. Schiff, added, “This bill would pierce the gun industry’s liability shield by putting an end to the special protections the gun industry receives when they shirk their fundamental responsibility to act with reasonable care for the public safety. Victims of gun violence deserve their day in court.”

Schiff and Blumenthal are grossly mischaracterizing the purpose of PLCAA.  It does NOT protect members of the gun industry from product liability suits for manufacturing or design defects or certain types of negligent conduct. It merely prohibits lawsuits against gun makers for damages resulting from the third-party criminal misuse of their firearms.

The PLCAA is common sense.  So much so that even Comrade Bernie Sanders gets it.  While debating Hillary Clinton in Flint Michigan in 2016, the Bern-Man explained why he voted for the PLCAA more than a decade ago.  

“If I understand it, and correct me if I’m wrong, if you go to a gun store and you legally purchase a gun, and then three days later you go out and start killing people, is the point of this lawsuit to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacturer of that gun liable?” Sanders asked.  

“If that is the point, I have to tell you I disagree. I disagree because you hold people in terms of this liability thing where you hold manufacturer’s liable is if they understand that they are selling guns in an area getting into the hands of criminals, of course they should be held liable,” Sanders continued.

Sanders went on to say that if gun makers and dealers are going to be held accountable for the rogue actions of killers then “what you are really talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America.”  

Bingo.  That’s exactly what the goal is.  Ending gun manufacturing in America.  

To an extent, we’re already witnessing this in Connecticut.  Parents of Sandy Hook massacre victims are suing  Bushmaster Firearms International, a subsidiary of Remington, claiming that the gun company is responsible, in part, for the December 2012 tragedy that left 27 dead.  

Back in March of this year, the state Supreme Court ruled that the lawsuit could go forward despite the protections of the PLCAA because the company’s advertising may have been unlawful under Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act.

In other words, it wasn’t his severe mental illness that propelled the killer to gun down his mom, 20 school children and six staffers, it was Bushmaster’s AR-15 ads.  If we accept that logic the Beatles should be in jail for the Manson murders.  After all, it was their music that made Manson do it. Right?

Even with the PLCAA in place, gun manufacturers are already targets of frivolous lawsuits.  Strip it away and it will be, as Comrade Bernie said, the end of gun manufacturing in America.  

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  • John Boscogolvitch June 16, 2019, 11:31 pm

    Nobody died at Sandy Hook. Complete fiction. A staged drill with crisis actors, an abandoned schoolhouse, prepared script, CNN and Homeland Security on site and 26 victims who sang at the Superbowl two months later.

    • Mark Wynn November 23, 2020, 11:10 pm

      … And the moon landing was staged on a Hollywood back lot. I’ll have whatever John is smoking ….

  • Bobs your uncle June 16, 2019, 11:02 pm

    And real issues in Calif go unaddressed,

  • Tom Carvelli June 15, 2019, 9:46 am

    Using their logic the victims of drunk drivers should be able to sue the company that made the beverage that the drunk driver was drinking.
    If this was to pass a person could sue the manufacture of any item that could be used as a weapon. Could be anything from a baseball bat manufacture to a screwdriver manufacture.
    Heck a person could sue the manufacture of the parts of a product that was used to commit a crime.
    This logic makes no sense at all.

  • George June 14, 2019, 10:57 pm

    Curious the Supremes refuse to strike down ALL these anti-gun laws under 2A.

    • Kris June 15, 2019, 11:58 pm

      Trump has done more to harm the 2A than Obama was able to do in his 8 years as President.

      • Drew October 5, 2020, 6:10 pm

        Kris you are a clown. Name 3 things trump did that hurt the NRA more the Obama? It’s people like you kris that keep the Anti American democrat party going. Completely misguided, and pathetic.

  • Jesus June 14, 2019, 10:20 pm

    Tell you what you pathetic worthless diseased party, that wants to take away our rights instead of defending them! You take your hypocrite laws and apply them to Hollywood first to where there can be no more movies being produced by the sick liberal sin promoting and supporting party directors, that amplifies and encourages killings by guns, gun violence, gun promotions, gun glorification… take care of that crap on the big screen first, and quit trying to force your Nazi ways on law abiding citizens and our constitutional rights! Pathetic, waste of space cowards weak men and women using Congress against us . Weak pathetic people who outside Congress are nothing but worms! Get these dangerous low lives out in 2020. I can’t stand weak people in positions that have no business being there ! Thanks cursed liberals for your sick contribution to our society!

    • Nirm June 16, 2019, 9:36 am

      Right on point Jesus!

  • Charles Hutson June 14, 2019, 10:15 pm

    If this is the barometer to witch all products will be held, then start suing the automobile manufacture’s, knife manufacturer’s, baseball bat manufacture’s, etc., etc. This is dumber than dirt. How about holding the person responsible for there actions.

  • Charlie BROWN June 14, 2019, 5:49 pm

    I read a dozen comments below and they sound like the same empty replies. These people are serious, they intend a NWO and the only thing from just running over us is the 2nd amendment. I would seriously start thinking about where you stand in this fight, the last hope,LOL, our current President is selling us out. The NRA is selling us out, And both parties would sell us out in a heart beat if and or when they can. The one thing I have learned from our present administration is that we live in a country that is filled to the brim with traitors. Think about it those of you who call yourselves Patriots.

    • Shan June 15, 2019, 5:02 pm

      If the Democrats ever gain control of House, Senate and Executive Branch concurrently we are Fucked.

    • Drew October 5, 2020, 6:14 pm

      Charlie Brown if you can come up with a better solution then standing strong with the current administration then lay it out. If not then I suggest you fight like your freedoms depend on it because if the Democrats won then our 2nd is dead, and our future will be at the mercy of the 22 million illegals that the Democrats plan to make citizens.

  • KMacK June 14, 2019, 3:24 pm

    Only Congress could formulate a law that penalizes a manufacturer for producing a device that operates exactly as advertised.
    While most of this is just noise for their supporters to improve their standing, this does make for a serious question: Could this law be turned on other manufacturers, to their detriment? If one bought a…blender and while it worked perfectly the owner got splashed because they left the top off…could they use the premise of this proposed law to sue the manufacturer – even though they ignored the instructions (and common sense)?
    Meh, I suspect that this proposed law is window-dressing since we’re approaching an election year, but this is the sort of thing we need to watch. Remember Prohibition? That was a stupid law too, and it passed. Let the politicians posture to get elected but watch what they’re saying.

  • Brandon June 14, 2019, 3:05 pm

    Guess we can start suing automakers for car deaths and alcohol brewers and distillers for alcohol-related deaths too, right? I mean, those are exponentially more prevalent, so why not address those as well?

  • Sombull June 14, 2019, 2:44 pm

    Why would we hold a manufacturer complicit in the massacre of people by a deranged underage killer. If anyone is complicit it would be the owner of the weapons who failed to secure their property. I am a believer in responsibility. We are all responsible for our actions. But if I, a gun owner legally purchase a weapon, then I am responsible for that weapon. That is why I bought two gun safes. To control tools that can be used to protect my property. When I fail to control that property, then I am liable, not the manufacturer of the tool.

    • Drew October 5, 2020, 6:16 pm

      Sombull because that would make to much sense. Common sense is not available in Congress.

  • Clyde June 14, 2019, 1:50 pm

    Debating with liberals is like playing chess with a pigeon. Win or lose, they’ll strut around squawking, knocking all the pieces off the board, and shitting all over the place and thinking they won. It’s absolutely pointless.

    • Mike June 14, 2019, 6:09 pm

      Well said Clyde. If they don’t like something, it’s not good for anyone. These politard liberals won’t be happy to all their agenda’s are met, and people rely on the Govt. for everything.
      Of course, they are set for life as far as what we ordinary folks worry about: Housing, insurance, retirement…they have it all

    • Harding Dies NRA Certified Instrutor and Veteran June 14, 2019, 8:59 pm

      This is one of the best and most profound descriptions of liberals I’ve ever seen. May I put this on my FB page, with the proper credit to you of course?

  • No1hunter June 14, 2019, 1:01 pm

    So, don’t stop with guns. How about cars, trucks, ski masks, knives, baseball bats, etc. If it is used in a crime, the manufacture s/b able to be sued. Heck, how about shoes. If they didn’t have them, they would be able to run away as fast after committing a crime.

    Typical loser Liberal logic, it’s everyone else’s fault our, not our little over-drugged snowflake voters!

  • JoshO June 14, 2019, 12:40 pm

    It’ll be more than that — it will ultimately lead to the end of manufacturing of anything, as most things can be misused by criminals and idiots. Automobiles, heavy machines, power tools, alcohol, drugs are the obvious ones. Just wait until the family of someone killed by a drunk driver goes after GM and Anheuser-Busch using one of these gun lawsuits as precedent.

  • Leonard June 14, 2019, 12:33 pm

    Remington needs to demand copies of birth and death certificates for each of the allegedly dead children. Wolfgang Halbig demanded this of the father of an allegedly dead Sandy Hook victim that sued him, and the suit was swiftly dropped.

  • Carbine Williams June 14, 2019, 11:50 am

    Bring it on Liberals,even though at the present it will never clear the Senate or Trumps signature.But if the uneducated masses keep voting in idiots,then the Liberals may get t heir chance at a swift and concise Civil War.

  • Brian June 14, 2019, 11:49 am

    Two more ENEMIES of AMERICA and law-abiding American citizens who need to be removed, by force of arms if necessary. Sad to see that states that once revolted against a tyrannical king are now producing home grown tyrants who despise liberty and the Constitution in their never ending thirst for power over their would-be subjects. During those times long ago these traitors would be branded loyalist Tories and hung!

  • Le Hunt June 14, 2019, 11:44 am

    Funny how a certain tribe is so eager to disarm Americans.

  • Gourdhead June 14, 2019, 11:35 am

    Make sure you losers add cars, trucks and tractor trailers to your stupid effort.

  • Bobo June 14, 2019, 9:20 am

    Shifty Schiff, after 4 years still has solid evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians. But for some odd reason can’t produce it.
    Blumenthal, ran for office by telling everyone he was a Vietnam veteran which turned out to be a blatant lie. But…..the people of Connecticut keep re-electing him.

  • Bob Schrader June 14, 2019, 9:17 am

    How in the hell do we ever defend this Country if we can no longer manufacture guns here? Do we ask our enemies to provide protection? Shiff and Blumenthal are the creepiest two people ever elected.

  • Alan Robinson June 14, 2019, 9:16 am

    Ah, but we will NEVER address the culture of violence that permeates certain ethnicities in this Country, now will we?
    No, we CAN’T go there, now can we?
    Make em illegal, and they will find a way to get more and it won’t end. The gun is simply a tool, nothing more.
    This is about PEOPLE, and their CULTURE’S, not inanimate objects.

  • joefoam June 14, 2019, 8:59 am

    This will unlock Pandoras box. Every attorney will begin suing every manufacturer of any product that has caused harm or death, i.e. alcohol, autos, cigarettes, you name it. Talk about your unintended consequences.

  • Jay June 14, 2019, 7:32 am

    Metal health checks for all in any political office and potential office holder would do more for the Safety of all Americans!

  • TR June 14, 2019, 7:26 am

    They are complete A holes. Idiots with way too much time on their hands

  • Doug Frazier June 14, 2019, 7:15 am

    Your arguments are beginning to infringe upon the ridiculous..You placidly support ancient and inapplicable views on gun ownership and control, despite the uncontrolled violence occurring daily committed by “legal” gun owners..What about the definition of “regulated militia” in your favorite amendment..(read”hiding place”)??. The word “regulated” gives the citizenry the right to modify an/or eliminate wide-open gun sales via the legislative process. thank you

    • Gat June 14, 2019, 7:52 am

      So consistent of you to assume that anyone with a differing view can have nothing more than an “ancient and inapplicable view.”

      Read the entire 2nd Amendment and you might understand gun ownership is “NECESSARY” for the “regulated militia” to even exist. Yet you claim that the left should be able to vote away our constitutional rights rights because they some how are the “regulated militia?” Since the right is currently in power can the right be considered the “regulated militia” today and vote away the lefts right to free speech?

    • Bob June 14, 2019, 9:45 am

      As for ancient and inapplicable: No need for you wasting your time crafting new personal defense control legislation to eliminate our individual and collective right to self defense. Just copy the extremely effective regulations from Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cuba, Venezuela, etc……. Perhaps it’s “those” views that are the truly ancient and inapplicable ones?

    • Brandon June 14, 2019, 3:12 pm

      @ Doug Frazier
      The extreme dumbassery in your statement gave me the sudden urge to go out and buy another gun that I don’t necessarily need (but want) and another case of ammo. Thanks for making my wallet lighter, @sshole!

      Liberal mindset: the nation’s number 1 gun & ammo sales promoter since 2008. Keep it up, dickless invalids.

  • Mike June 14, 2019, 7:13 am

    Here we go again. But isn’t this country still a Democracy ? We need to be fair to ALL about this banning products that hurt and kill: Guns, sure I get it, but don’t stop there. Wine, beer, cigarettes, fast cars, slow cars, motorcycles, knives, airplanes, cell phones, baseball bats, …anything that can or has killed, make it go away. So it’s an inanimate object, so what, never mind it’s not the object , but the user.

    Oh the light just went on: We are loosing our democracy. It’s ban what liberals don’t like, but keep what they do. I get it now. Seems common sense no longer exists. Man, what direction are we heading….

    • Chris June 14, 2019, 9:25 am

      We were never a democracy… We’re a Republic. There is a difference.

      • Jack A Kyle June 14, 2019, 1:02 pm

        You mean a “Democratic Republic” if you want to be precise.

        • Chris June 14, 2019, 2:45 pm

          Constitutional republic.

      • Mark Wynn November 24, 2020, 12:40 am

        In today’s definitions of the words, we’re a “democratic constitutional republic.” That’s a unique form of democracy that protects the rights and freedoms of minorities from the tyranny of a majority … by the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, States Rights, the three branches of government, requiring 3/4 of the states to amend the Constitution, and the electoral college. These protections (should) protect our Constitution right to bear arms … but we’ve seen that bureaucrats, elected officials and judges who don’t respect the Constitution still try to take away our 2nd Amendment right.

  • Pete June 14, 2019, 5:57 am

    “Gun control” is all about “control.” It doesn’t work to prevent mass shootings even in New Zealand and Australia. Or in Europe. No other legal product in the world has ever been so demonized. Or saved so many lives.

  • SuperG June 13, 2019, 10:26 am

    Streleski murdered his math professor with a hammer, yet nobody called for hammer control. When a drunk driver kills someone in an accident, everybody blames the driver and not the car, why is that? I think it is because we know the inanimate object is not to blame for it, but the operator. But when it comes to guns, they want a double standard. This time we’ll blame the inanimate object, and not the operator. It is insane.

    • Brandon S June 14, 2019, 4:54 am

      No they are not insane. They know exactly what they are doing. It’s so obvious frikkin Bernie Sanders gets it and that crackerhead doesn’t understand you can’t borrow your way to wealth, or spend your way to wealth. He called it, “…what you’re really talking about is an end of gun manufacturing in America.”
      The Democrats want to use tyranny to crack that giant boulder holding them back, the armed citizenry.

  • Sepp W June 12, 2019, 6:27 pm

    Firearms are a threat to liberals. An enumerated right for a reason. They know in order to consolidate power means the complete disarming of the citizenry

    One only needs to look at Venezuela and see what happens when citizens gave up their rights. There are other examples, but liberals seem to have forgot much.

    • Kris June 16, 2019, 12:06 am

      The Jonestown massacre of 1978 is another fine example of extreme leftism that is now overtaking the Democratic Party.

  • Dan Wistrand June 12, 2019, 5:16 pm

    How about we call for legislation such that anyone who supports gun control laws shall be held criminally liable as an accessory when someone is shot because they couldn’t have a firearm for self defense.

    • Brandon S June 14, 2019, 5:00 am

      Finally someone gets it. We shall call it “The Common Sense Gun Control Act of 2019.” They want their dystopia that bad? They’d vote for it without ever bothering to look at a single jot of tittle.

    • Jim June 15, 2019, 9:24 am

      Good idea!!

  • Will Drider June 12, 2019, 1:01 pm

    Makes as much common sense as allowing victims/families to sue vehicle manufactures for drunk driving, reckless driving and road rage losses. Ads: fast 0 to 60 in X.X second, torque run over obstacles, pull (=push) heavy weight. Carry heavy loads explosives. As a matter of fact: vehicles have been used to deliberately run over innocent civilians, truck/car bombs and the run of the mill DWI with single or multiple fatalities and injuries. These events happen in the U.S.

    Once again a very targeted anti gun policy. If their concept was even handed and all mfr, retail and wholesale business could be sued for any and all misuse of products by purchasers: they would be dragged out of office.

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