The Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act

The Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act

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    The Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act

    NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 12, SPECIAL ALERT 7/26/05

    S. 397 ON SENATE FLOOR!--Final Vote Expected This Week!

    This afternoon, the U.S. Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 397, "The Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act." S. 397 will now be debated on the Senate floor over the next few days.

    Now is your final chance to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to pass S. 397 without any anti-gun amendments!

    Some of the possible anti-gun amendments expected to be offered to S. 397 include:

    .50 caliber rifle bans
    Semi-auto bans
    Bans on gun shows
    Amendments to gut the provisions of the bill

    Please help us finish the job in the U.S. Senate by contacting your U.S. Senators IMMEDIATELY and urging them to support S. 397 without any anti-gun amendments. Be sure to tell your Senators that you consider any votes for any anti-gun amendments as a vote against S. 397 itself.

    (For more complete information on S. 397, and to contact your U.S. Senators, please go to http://www.nraila.org/stoprecklesslawsuits.aspx. You may also call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121. Please IMMEDIATELY share this information with everyone you know who supports the Second Amendment!)

    BUSH WHITE HOUSE ONCE AGAIN SUPPORTS S. 397

    Below is the Bush Administration's "Statement of Administration Policy" in support of S. 397 released today:

    "The Administration strongly supports Senate passage of S. 397. The Administration urges the Senate to pass a clean bill, in order to ensure enactment of the legislation this year. Any amendment that would delay enactment of the bill beyond this year is unacceptable. The manufacturer or seller of a legal, non-defective product should not be held liable for the criminal or unlawful misuse of that product by others.

    "The possibility of imposing liability on an entire industry for harm that is solely caused by others is an abuse of the legal system, erodes public confidence in our Nation's laws, threatens the diminution of a basic constitutional right and civil liberty, sets a poor precedent for other lawful industries, will cause a loss of jobs, and burdens interstate and foreign commerce. S. 397 would help curb frivolous litigation against a lawful American industry and the thousands of workers it employs and would help prevent abuse of the legal system. The bill would also safeguard our national security by preventing frivolous lawsuits against an industry that plays an important role in fulfilling our military's procurement needs. At the same time, the legislation would carefully preserve the right of individuals to have their day in court with civil liability actions. These civil actions are enumerated in the bill and respect the traditional role of the States in the Nation's Federal system with regard to such actions."
    Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1

    Si vis pacem, para bellum


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    Thanks for the heads-up , JT. I'm going to call my Senators today.

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    Both of my Texas Senators will be supporting this, but Iím contacting them just to remind them that Iím out here.
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    I called all my Senators, and Sen. Santorum's office gave me this link to follow the progress on the bill:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/

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    Watch it live on C-Span 2 streaming video. Senator Mark Dayton of Minn is up rght now, crying about how this is a dealer protection act, and the firearms industry has all the protections no one else has, and that the firearms industry is the most unregulated around. Filthy liar. Some of the other up were truly wonderful, but I missed Feinslime's almost crying act. 61 cosponsors - I think this time it will get done right.
    If total government control equals safety, why are prisons so dangerous?

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    NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 12, SPECIAL ALERT 7/28/05

    TODAY'S UPDATE ON S. 397 (July 28, 2005)--
    "The Protection Of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act"

    Today the U.S. Senate took a number of actions related to S. 397, as debate winds down with a vote on final passage expected in the next 24 hours. Among the Senate's actions today:

    Passage by a vote of 70-30 of an amendment by Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) that requires federally licensed dealers to provide a "secure gun storage or safety device" (e.g., trigger locks, cable locks, safes, gun cases, a lock box, etc.) with the sale/transfer of every handgun (does not apply to long guns). It does not require gun owners to use the device, and does not create any new civil liability for gun owners who choose not to use these storage devices. Virtually all new handguns today are sold with some type of secure storage or safety device. The Kohl Amendment does not have any significant impact on current law or S. 397 itself.

    Tabling (and thus, killing) an amendment by Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) by a vote of 62-37. The Levin Amendment would have gutted S. 397, creating a giant loophole for anti-gun activist lawyers, allowing exactly the type of lawsuits this bill is intended to prevent. Last year this same amendment was decisively defeated.
    Please contact your U.S. Senators IMMEDIATELY and urge them to support S. 397 without any anti-gun amendments. Be sure to tell your Senators that you consider any vote for anti-gun amendments as a vote against S. 397 itself.

    ON FRIDAY, JULY 29, THERE WILL BE VOTES ON ANTI-GUN AMENDMENTS TO BAN AMMUNITION AND GUT THE LEGISLATION!

    (For more complete information on S. 397, and to contact your U.S. Senators, please go to http://www.nraila.org/stoprecklesslawsuits.aspx. You may also call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121. Please IMMEDIATELY share this information with everyone you know who supports the Second Amendment!)
    Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    Am following this as best I can - and a thread on THR is running close to real time sometimes.
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    NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 12, No. 30 7/29/05

    S. 397 PASSES U.S. SENATE!!!

    Thanks to your efforts, today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 397 by a strong bipartisan vote of 65-31! While this doesn't assure the bill will be enacted into law, it represents a MAJOR first step toward ending the anti-gun lobby's reign of extortion through reckless lawsuits against the firearm industry. The fight now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, so it is critical that you once again contact your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to pass S. 397--"The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act."

    As reported yesterday, an amendment by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) passed, which requires federally licensed dealers to provide a "secure gun storage or safety device" with the sale/transfer of every handgun (does not apply to long guns). It does not require gun owners to use the device, does not apply to private transfers, and does not create any new civil liability for gun owners who choose not to use these storage devices. Virtually all new handguns today are sold with some type of secure storage or safety device. The amendment has no significant impact on current law or S. 397 itself.

    The U.S. Senate rejected a slew of anti-gun amendments to S. 397 including:


    Special "carve out" amendments by Sens. Corzine (D-N.J.) and Lautenberg (D-N.J.) that would have permitted reckless lawsuits by law enforcement and juveniles to continue unabated. Both were soundly defeated;

    A ban on "armor piercing" ammunition (Kennedy-D-Mass.) (by a vote of 31-64) that would have banned virtually all hunting ammunition. Similar efforts have been continuously defeated by Congress, and Sen. Kennedy's most recent attempt was nothing more than anti-gun political posturing. (The Senate did adopt an amendment by Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) calling for increased penalties if "armor piercing" handgun ammunition is used in the commission of a crime.), and;

    A "gutting" amendment by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) that sought to continue to allow the very types of suits S. 397 prohibits (by a vote of 33-63).
    This long overdue victory marks the culmination of your tireless efforts--your phone calls, faxes, letters, e-mails, and personal meetings--over the past few days, and over the past many years. As critical as these efforts were, this victory also highlights your importance in volunteering and voting for pro-gun candidates running for office. Without your steadfast work in past election years to elect more pro-gun U.S. Senators, we simply would not have had enough votes to pass this bill in the Senate.

    Defeating former Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in the 2004 elections (Daschle, as you'll recall was the architect who last year allowed the bill to be loaded up with anti-gun amendments), and thus elevating Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a consistent and longstanding supporter of S. 397, to that leadership position represented a major step toward guaranteeing we finally received a fair procedure to bring this measure up for a final vote, and carried out the will of a majority of the U.S. Senate. And of course, members should express their gratitude to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid, and bill sponsors Sens. Larry Craig and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) for their leadership and stewardship on S. 397.

    While this fight is far from over, the Senate's action today enabled us to overcome a major hurdle in enacting this legislation into law. All of us at NRA-ILA thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for your continued vigilance in seeing this bill through the U.S. Senate. You deserve a lion's share of the credit, and we know you will help us finish the job once and for all by now contacting your U.S. Representative and urging him/her to support "The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act."

    (For a list of roll call votes on these amendments and final passage of S. 397, go to www.NRAILA.org. Take note of how your Senators voted, and please thank those who voted in support of gun owners and let those who voted against our rights know that you will keep their votes in mind when they are up for re-election. BE SURE TO ALSO ATTEND ANY OF YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE'S TOWN HALL MEETINGS DURING THE "SUMMER DISTRICT WORK PERIOD" [Aug. 1-Sept. 5] and encourage him/her to bring up and pass S. 397 as soon as possible.)
    Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    Thx for the informative post JT
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