Friday, July 29, 2005

Senate passes S. 397, the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act"

The Senate today passed S. 397, the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" on a vote of 65-31 in favor. The House version had passed earlier this year, so it goes to President Bush who had indicated he will sign the bill into law. This has been a long time in coming and I've done quite a bit of work on it myself.

The law protects the manufacturers of firearms from the kinds of lawsuits several municipalities filed seeking to hold gun makers legally accountable for crimes committed with guns. Such lawsuits make as much sense as suing Ford if someone uses an Explorer as a getaway car in a bank robbery or suing Sears when some guy stabs someone with a Craftsman screwdriver. The lawsuits were attempts to impose a ban on firearms ownership by removing the source of the guns, that's all. The Senate has joined the House in seeing that truth for what it is and putting a stop to it.

My thanks to my Senators and my House Rep for their efforts in passing this bill.