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Repeal Gun Industry Immunity

Repeal Gun Industry Immunity

What is the problem?

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) blocks legal responsibility for gun manufacturers that have failed to innovate and make guns safer, and for manufacturers, distributors, and dealers with irresponsible, reckless and negligent sales practices that contribute to the flood of illegal firearms in our communities.

Since PLCAA passed in 2005, not a single gun manufacturer accused of negligence has gone to trial. The gun industry’s broad immunity from legal accountability should be repealed.

Which states have rejected legal immunity for the gun industry?

16 states have rejected this policy

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Alabama has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Alaska has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Arizona has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Arkansas has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

California has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Colorado has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Connecticut has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Delaware has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Florida has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Georgia has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Hawaii has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Idaho has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Illinois has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Indiana has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Iowa has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Kansas has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Kentucky has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Louisiana has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Maine has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Maryland has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Massachusetts has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Michigan has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Minnesota has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Mississippi has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Missouri has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Montana has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Nebraska has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Nevada has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

New Hampshire has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

New Jersey has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

New Mexico has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

New York has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
Yes

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

North Carolina has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

North Dakota has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Ohio has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Oklahoma has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Oregon has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Pennsylvania has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Rhode Island has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

South Carolina has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

South Dakota has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Tennessee has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Texas has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Utah has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Vermont has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Virginia has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Washington has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

West Virginia has not rejected this policy

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Wisconsin has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

No Special Immunity for Gun Industry

Wyoming has rejected this policy

Does the law proactively give gun violence survivors access to justice?
No

How it Works

The gun industry should adhere to the same rules as every other industry and be held accountable when its actions result in harm.

An extraordinary law has provided gun manufacturers and sellers who skirt the law with a unique, broad immunity from legal accountability. The PLCAA gives gun industry members a shield from the lawsuits that are most often used in the United States to hold businesses accountable for products or practices that harm people. PLCAA blocks legal responsibility for gun manufacturers that have failed to innovate and make guns safer, and for manufacturers, distributors and dealers with irresponsible, reckless and negligent sales practices that contribute to the flood of illegal firearms in our communities.

In 2005, at the strong urging of the gun lobby, Congress passed PLCAA, one of the biggest giveaways to private industry in American history. It gives gun manufacturers and sellers more protection from litigation than makers of cars or tobacco products. While PLCAA has narrow exceptions, it bars the civil lawsuits that are most often used to hold industries accountable.

Myth & Fact

Myth

Criminals are responsible for their crimes, not the gun industry.

Fact

The gun industry is responsible for its choices in how it makes and sells its products but PLCAA provides a broad shield against most legal accountability.

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Repeal Gun Industry Immunity