Trustee Election
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  • CHILD ACCESS TO GUNS
  • FIREARMS REPORTING
  • GUN MANUFACTURER LIABILITY
Winning Issue » GUN MANUFACTURER LIABILITY


By law, all manufacturers must make their products as safe as possible. This is especially true if their products are likely to come into contact with children. However, our gun industry may be the only exception to this law. The 2005 Protection of Lawful commerce In Arms Act gave our gun industry immunity from negligence and product liability claims. Critics say we need to hold gun makers to the same standards as other industries, making them responsible for bad practices and negligence. One of many examples of this type of negligence includes repeated customer complaints about a popular pump-action shotgun which has been accused for many years of inadvertently discharging, despite having the safety on. This condition has been responsible for injuring and killing several people. While publicly blaming these “accidents” on the operators, this manufacturer reportedly duplicated the problem in its own tests and identified a cheap and simple solution to correct it years ago, but still has not implemented this solution. Advocates say this procrastination would not have occurred if the manufacturer had been held responsible for allowing such a dangerous situation to continue. Gun industry critics say that for many years these companies have made their firearms more powerful, easier to conceal, able to shoot faster and carry more ammunition. They say gun makers should also have been improving their product’s safety and limiting those who have access to them. They claim gun manufacturers have the ability to make guns safer but having amnesty from lawsuits gives them little incentive to do so. Critics also accuse the gun industry of deliberately distributing firearms in a way that gives criminals and juveniles easy access to guns. They claim the treat of lawsuits is the only way to compel this industry into behaving more responsibly.


Pending Legislation: None




Options


  • I oppose reforming current gun manufacturer liability policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support prohibiting a court from dismissing an action against a manufacturer, seller, or trade association for damages or relief resulting from an alleged defect or negligence with respect to a product, or conduct that would be actionable under state common or statutory law in the absence of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, on the basis that the action is for damages or relief from the criminal, unlawful, or volitional use of a qualified product, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.332 - Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support prohibiting a court from dismissing an action against a manufacturer, seller, or trade association for damages or relief resulting from an alleged defect or negligence with respect to a product, or conduct that would be actionable under state common or statutory law in the absence of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, on the basis that the action is for damages or relief from the criminal, unlawful, or volitional use of a qualified product, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.332 - Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Adam Schiff (CA) (or an alternate legislator) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.332 - Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, BCPGV will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for prohibiting a court from dismissing an action against a manufacturer, seller or trade association for damages or relief resulting from an alleged defect or negligence with respect to their products.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (BCPGV) works to pass, enforce and protect sensible laws and public policy that address gun violence at the federal and state level. It does this by engaging and activating the American public, electing officials who support common sense gun laws and increasing public awareness of gun violence. Through its advocacy campaigns, Million Mom March and Brady Chapters, it works locally to educate people about the risks of gun ownership, honor victims of gun violence and pass sensible gun laws. The Brady Campaign is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy organization. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence develops and implements extensive public health and safety programs and utilizes the courts to reduce gun violence. Through its Legal Action Project, BCPGV represent victims of gun violence in cases against irresponsible gun sellers and owners. Through its public health and safety programs, the Campaign inspires safer attitudes and behaviors around the 300 million guns already in our homes and communities and new gun purchases taking place every day.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020