Congressional Democrats will re-introduce legislation within the next month which repeals the majority of a 2005 bill protecting firearm manufacturers from liability lawsuits in cases where their product(s) were used to commit crimes.
The proposal also allows gun dealers to be prosecuted for selling to so-called “straw purchasers” who buy firearms in bulk quantities and re-sell them illegally to ex-convicts and individuals who haven’t passed a background check.
The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act was first introduced in 2013, and is co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
“Congress passed a unique form of immunity for . . . the gun industry,” said Schiff. “If you’re a carmaker and your airbags kill someone, you’re potentially liable. If you’re a pharmaceutical company and sell faulty drugs, you can be held liable.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman quickly seized the opportunity to call Sen. Sanders out for his inconsistencies on the issue of gun control on Twitter.
Bernie downplays his record, claiming only a few pro-gun votes. In reality, it’s over a dozen, including 5 against the Brady Bill.
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) January 18, 2016
In a statement, Sanders explained his stance on the Gun Violence Act: “As I have said, I do want to make sure that this legislation does not negatively impact small gun stores in rural America . . . So I am pleased to support the legislation and should it come up for consideration I would work to make sure it includes a provision that allows us to monitor its impact so that we may determine if it’s having any unintended consequences.”
Both Rep. Schiff and fellow bill sponsor Sen. Blumenthal have endorsed Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for President of the United States.
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