Violence Policy Center
(VPC) Statement on U.S. House Passage of Bill Protecting the Unregulated
Gun Industry the Most Pampered Industry in America
today's passage of legislation (S. 397) shielding the gun industry from
certain types of civil liability, Violence Policy Center Legislative Director
Kristen Rand released the following statement:
This bill is built
on a corrupt foundation of lies that will leave a legacy of pain and
suffering. Proponents lie when they claim the gun industry is the most
heavily regulated industry in America when, in fact, they are one of
only two industries�the other being the tobacco industry�exempt from
federal health and safety regulation. Now the unregulated gun industry
will also enjoy protection from legitimate lawsuits by individuals�like
victims of the Washington, DC-area snipers�injured by the reckless and
negligent actions of gun manufacturers and dealers. This legislation
will make the unregulated gun industry the most pampered industry in
The bill was not
as bad as the gun lobby wanted it to be, however. The bill passed by
the House last Congress did not contain the gun control measures included
in S. 397: a requirement that gun dealers provide a child safety lock
when they sell a handgun; and, a provision requiring a study that may
ultimately lead to a strengthening and expansion of the federal ban
on armor-piercing ammunition.
The same bill passed
the Senate in July and will now go to the President's desk for signature.
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.