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Capito Backs Gun Manufacturer Protection Law, Bill Goes to the President

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Location: Washington, DC

Capito Backs Gun Manufacturer Protection Law, Bill Goes to the President

In order to protect the 2nd Amendment Rights of every single sportsmen and gun enthusiast in West Virginia, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) backed a federal law today that will protect gun manufactures from being sued for the criminal or unlawful acts of individuals using their product.

"Suing a gun manufacturer for an individual's crime is like suing a car manufacturer because a motorist drove drunk - it makes no sense," noted Capito. "Today, thirty-three states including West Virginia have a law on the books protecting gun manufacturers from legal action against them for the illegal use of their products. Without this law gun manufacturers are still at risk of being sued possibly forced into bankruptcy from court cases filed in states without strong protections."

Capito added, "West Virginians have a Constitutional right to bear arms. That right should not be infringed by activists taking gun manufacturers to court for the purposes of putting them out of business."

"Establishing this new law averts a possible nightmare situation feared by many hunters in West Virginia. I have heard from hundreds of people concerned that hunting season is in jeopardy for the next generation of hunters if gun manufacturers are forced to stop production. I believe the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act will help preserve the great tradition of hunting in West Virginia. Once signed into law, the bill will help preserve a citizen's access to firearms and ammunition for hunting, self-defense, collecting, and competitive or recreational shooting."

The U.S. House passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S. 397) today by a vote of 283 to 144. Earlier this summer, the legislation passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 65 to 31. Today's successful adoption by the U.S. House sends the legislation to President Bush for his signature.

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