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Graves Votes to End Gun Lawsuits

Location: Washington, DC

Graves Votes to End Gun Lawsuits
Friday, October 21, 2005

House Bill Stops Frivolous Lawsuits

(Washington, D.C) U.S. Congressman Sam Graves voted this week to end frivolous lawsuits against gun makers. S. 397 The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects the firearms industry from lawsuits that arise from the unlawful acts of criminals who misuse their product.

"It is common sense legislation that holds people responsible for their actions," said Graves. "It prevents a few state courts from suing the entire industry and protects our right to bear arms in this country."

There are currently 33 states that have enacted statues blocking this type of litigation. The law does not exempt gun manufacturers from lawsuits. Instead suits must focus on a defective product, rather than the product's user.

"Most gun owners are law abiding citizens," said Graves. "These irresponsible lawsuits seriously threaten the supply of guns and ammunition available for hunting, self-defense, collecting, competitive or recreational shooting, and other lawful activities, and it is time to put a stop to them."

S. 397 passed the Senate by 65-31 vote this summer. It will be sent to the President who has indicated he will sign the bill.

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