Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduce legislation to ensure that the victims of gun violence are allowed to have their day in court and that the gun industry – manufacturers, sellers and interest groups – is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety.
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House and Senate Democrats re-introduced a bill that would allow shooting victims to sue gun manufacturers and sellers.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) held a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday, introducing the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act. This is the second time the bill has been introduced.
The bill would repeal the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) which granted gun manufacturers, dealers, and trade organization immunity from civil lawsuits.
Sponsors say they are hoping the repeal bill would hold the gun industry accountable for better product safety. They are also hoping the bill will lead to a crackdown against dealers who sell to “straw purchasers.”
Sen. Murphy told us, “The standards of negligence are the same, whether you’re coming after a negligent gun dealer or a negligent automaker. We’re not asking for any special treatment for the gun industry. We’re asking for the special treatment they enjoy today, the immunity they enjoy, to be removed.”
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So are we going to start going after any manufacturing company when a consumer uses their product improperly?