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Monday, January 18, 2016

Federal Bill Would Expose Firearms Industry To Crippling, Frivolous Lawsuits

Congressional Democrats are circulating legislation that would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005 and once again expose firearms dealers and manufacturers to the baseless, politically motivated lawsuits that threatened to drive the industry out of business before the PLCAA was passed. 

Congressman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., are pushing the so-called Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act through a “Dear Colleague” letter circulating on Capitol Hill that claims to end “immunity” for the firearms industry.

However, PLCAA merely protected dealers and manufacturers from lawsuits arising from the unforeseen criminal actions of third parties. Under PLCAA, the industry is still liable for any criminal wrongdoing or defective products, meaning that “immunity” is a deliberately deceptive description intended to mislead voters in an election year. The industry isn’t “immune”—but this new legislation would cause a potentially fatal vulnerability.


Anti-Gun Attorneys General Talk Cooperation

The attorneys general for two states and the District of Columbia have announced that they will meet to discuss unified strategies for reducing gun violence and combating illegal arms trafficking in their respective jurisdictions. Brian Frosh of Maryland, Mark Herring of Virginia and Karl Racine of D.C. will inform the public about what initiatives they will pursue after the meeting. 

While there’s nothing wrong with coordinating to stem the flow of illegal guns across state borders, we are worried about the fact that all three AGs are noted supporters of gun control. What sort of overreach can be expected to result from this meeting? We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Grocery Owner Scares Away Armed Robber With Gun

Sone Maniphonh, the owner of the Asian World Market grocery store in St. Louis, Mo., was at work when she and her husband were confronted by a man with a gun. “He walked in, and he wanted a 20-cent candy,” Maniphonh told KSDK. “I put right here, and he put gun on me. He point at me. After that he turn gun to my husband.” 

When her husband began to struggle with the would-be robber, Maniphonh drew her handgun and pointed it at the suspect. He retreated from the store upon seeing the firearm, firing several rounds on his way out but missing the owners. Police are currently searching for the suspect. Maniphonh said that she had owned the gun for 20 years—and that given another chance, she would stand up for herself again rather than allow someone to rob her.


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