GOP Rep Shreds Gun Bill From Democrats: ‘Like Suing the Car Manufacturers’ for Drunk Driving Deaths

Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would allow victims of gun violence to sue firearms manufacturers in court, and Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) isn’t too thrilled about it.

On Tuesday, Democrats in both the House and the Senate reintroduced the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, which would repeal the protections provided in a 2005 law — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — that gave those who manufacture and sell firearms and ammunition legal protection in gun crime lawsuits.

The measure was reintroduced to Congress by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

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“It’s time to hold the gun industry accountable,” Schiff said in a Facebook post. “Under state and federal law, we require every other industry, like car makers and drug companies, to act with reasonable care for public safety.”

The reintroduction of the bill did not sit well with Green — a freshman congressman and former Army major — who told IJR Red in a statement that pursuing legal action against gun manufacturers for firearm-related deaths would be “like suing the car manufacturers” after a “drunk driver kills someone.”

“Suing the gun manufacturers is like suing the car manufacturers when a drunk driver kills someone,” Green said. “The tragic loss of life is not avenged or made whole in any way by wrongly attacking the manufacturers who produce guns or cars that the vast majority of the public uses with safety and responsibility.”

Green’s comments echo those of Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who told NPR that the bill was “fundamentally unfair” and that his organization “will certainly oppose this legislation.”

“You would no more charge or blame Ford or General Motors for drunk driving accidents,” Keane said.

The measure is expected to hit a legislative roadblock in the Republican-controlled Senate, which would be unlikely to take up the measure.

The topic of gun control has garnered more national attention as some of the Democratic presidential primary candidates bring the issue more into the campaign spotlight.

As IJR Red previously reported, both Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have proposed sweeping gun control plans in their 2020 presidential campaigns.

Booker has called for a licensing requirement for all gun owners and for a ban on “assault weapons,” while Swalwell has proposed a mandatory gun buyback program similar to New Zealand’s and said that he would arrest those who did not comply with it.

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Danny Lee
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Danny Lee

I think Democrats are idiots the gun not the manufacturer are not at fault it’s the crazy people left running around loose that are at fault Sue the killers family for allowing it to happen

Mike
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Mike

Schiff and Blumenthal are a Disgrace to the American People they both need to be removed!

Kevin Winnie
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Kevin Winnie

punitive legislation who’s only purpose is to bankrupt the firearms industry. It will open up a can of worms with regards all products. The Legal system will collapse under the tidal wave of frivolous law suits with a lot of people looking for a quick payoff.

John Gagliano Jr
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The solution is pretty simple. You regulate ammunition. You limit how much somebody can buy. Require background checks. Make them notify local police department. None of this affects your right to own a gun. I’ve got a better, unrealistic, never gonna happen idea. We outlaw current guns except for police, and only allow muskets. Like the founders had when the amendment was written.

Bonnie Keever
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Sue the sanctuary Cities and congress for illegal crime and death and every state that helps illegals

Robert DeFayette
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Robert DeFayette

“arrest those who did not comply with it”? You’d have to put a fence up around Texas to hold all of us. and you know how liberals feel about fences! Lost all mine in a boating accident yesterday.

Robert K Pavlick
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If anyone should be suing anyone, it should be victims of Illegal-Immigrant-Crimes, that should be suing the Sanctuary Cities !

Robert
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Robert

So if a gun manufacturer is in no way involved when a murder is committed, than why is a person who bakes a cake for a gay wedding involved in the wedding.

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