Democrats Introduce Bill to Bankrupt Gun Manufacturers with Lawsuits
According to a ZeroHedge report, this week Democrats introduced legislation in both the House and Senate that would make gunmakers liable for firearms-related crimes.
This bill, The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, would repeal The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 that protects gun manufacturers from lawsuits. Lawmakers from two of America’s most anti-gun states, California and Connecticut are leading the charge. Adam Schiff is one of the elected officials championing this legislation.
In a tweet, he said that the “victims of gun violence deserve their day in court.”
Victims of gun violence deserve their day in court.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 11, 2019
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is also a co-sponsor for this bill. Since the fallout of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Blumenthal has been one of the leading voices for gun control in Connecticut.
The NSSF (the National Shooting Sports Foundation) was in strong opposition to this bill. NSSF senior vice president of government affairs, Lawrence Keane, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that this bill is “like blaming Ford or General Motors for the negligent use of their cars.”
He added, “It is wrong to hold the gun or any other industry liable for the criminal misuse of non-defective products sold lawfully.”
Passed in 2005, The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prevents civil actions against ammunition and firearm dealers, builders or trade groups over firearms related crimes such as school shootings.
This is one ploy that anti-gun Democrats are exploiting in order undermine gun rights. BLP recently reported on the Connecticut Supreme Court approving the advancement of a lawsuit against companies that manufactured and sold the semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
This type of strategy will likely be replicated in future gun control fights, as gun controllers for any avenue to advance gun control.