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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 The gun industry’s broad immunity from legal accountability should be repealed.

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