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S 397 - Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill - National Key Vote

Joe Biden, Jr. voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 109-92 -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (283-144) - (Key vote)
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Title: Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that provides liability protection for manufacturers, dealers or importers of firearms or ammunition products, as well as their trade associations, for harm caused by criminal or unlawful misuse.

Highlights:
  • Calls for the dismissal of all qualified civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment by the court in which the action was brought (Sec. 3).
  • Exempts lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be used to commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime (Sec. 4).
  • Exempts lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage due solely to a product defect (Sec. 4).
  • Requires all licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers who engage in the transfer of handguns to provide secure gun storage or safety devices (Sec. 5).
  • Prohibits the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition, and sets a minimum prison term of 15 years for violations (Sec. 6).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (65-31) - (Key vote)
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Title: Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that provides liability protection for manufacturers, dealers or importers of firearms or ammunition products, as well as their trade associations, for harm caused by criminal or unlawful misuse.

Highlights:
  • Calls for the dismissal of all qualified civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment by the court in which the action was brought (Sec. 3).
  • Exempts lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be used to commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime (Sec. 4).
  • Exempts lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage due solely to a product defect (Sec. 4).
  • Requires all licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers who engage in the transfer of handguns to provide secure gun storage or safety devices (Sec. 5).
  • Prohibits the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition, and sets a minimum prison term of 15 years for violations (Sec. 6).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill

Sponsors

  • Larry E. Craig (ID - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Wayne A. Allard (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • George Felix Allen (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Max S. Baucus (MT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert F. 'Bob' Bennett (UT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher S. 'Kit' Bond (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Samuel D. 'Sam' Brownback (KS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Bunning (KY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Conrad R. Burns (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert C. Byrd (WV - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Clarence Saxby Chambliss (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thomas Allen 'Tom' Coburn (OK - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Thad Cochran (MS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Norm Coleman (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kent Conrad (ND - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James W. 'Jim' DeMint (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Elizabeth H. Dole (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Pete V. Domenici Jr. (NM - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Byron L. Dorgan (ND - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John Eric Ensign (NV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William H. 'Bill' Frist (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Judd A. Gregg (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles T. 'Chuck' Hagel (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Orrin G. Hatch (UT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kathryn Bailey Ann 'Kay' Hutchison (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Timothy Peter 'Tim' Johnson (SD - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jon Kyl (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mary L. Landrieu (LA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Blanche Lambert Lincoln (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Chester Trent Lott Sr. (MS - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Melquiades Rafael 'Mel' Martinez (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Sidney McCain III (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William Clarence 'Bill' Nelson Sr. (FL - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Mark Lunsford Pryor (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John D. 'Jay' Rockefeller IV (WV - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Ken Salazar (CO - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard J. 'Rick' Santorum (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jefferson Beauregard 'Jeff' Sessions III (NA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gordon Harold Smith (OR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Olympia Jean Snowe (ME - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Arlen Specter (PA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Ted Stevens (AK - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John E. Sununu (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James M. 'Jim' Talent (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Craig Thomas (WY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David B. Vitter (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • George V. Voinovich (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
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