Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

By:  Lamar Smith
Date: Oct. 20, 2005
Location: Washington, DC


PROTECTION OF LAWFUL COMMERCE IN ARMS ACT -- (House of Representatives - October 20, 2005)

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Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Sensenbrenner), the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, for yielding me this time.

Mr. Speaker, my home State of Texas is well known for the number of residents who enjoy hunting and value their right to own a gun. Today firearms are found in half of all Texas households. A State law similar to S. 397 which protects the gun industry from frivolous lawsuits, in fact, is already in effect.

Texans, like most Americans, use guns for recreation, hunting, and personal protection. Unfortunately, there are some people who want to make gun manufacturers liable for what other others do with their firearms.

Our courts are already overloaded with frivolous lawsuits designed to topple industries that manufacture products a few individuals in our society have decided are not safe or appropriate for Americans to have.

It is the typical liberal mindset. They know better than other people what is best for them.

If this bill does not pass, Texans and other Americans will be less able to protect themselves from burglars, rapists, and murderers.

The Department of Justice estimates that 1.5 million Americans every year defend themselves using a firearm.

The Constitution protects all Americans' right to bear arms. The second amendment states, ``The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.''

Mr. Speaker, to allow frivolous lawsuits to constrain the right of Americans to lawfully use guns is both irresponsible and unconstitutional.

I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

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