PROTECTION OF LAWFUL COMMERCE IN ARMS ACT -- (Extensions of Remarks - October 24, 2005)
HON. EARL BLUMENAUER
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2005
Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I am opposed to S. 397, the Gun Manufacturers Liability Protection Act. It is hard to imagine how people who have lived through the sniper experience in Washington, DC, and those who deal with potential terrorist acts in the United States would want to specifically weaken potential sanctions against people who abuse their business of selling firearms.
This legislation would have given a pass for the infamous Tacoma, WA, gun dealer who ``lost'' more than 200 weapons, one of which ended up in the hands of the sniper who killed 11 people in Washington, DC. Why anyone would want to shield people for that sort of reckless and illegal behavior is mystifying and it is certainly not worthy of passage by the House of Representatives. Were it not for gun politics, this legislation would never have seen the light of day.