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S.397, Freedom in Commerce Act; Blessing or Curse?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:12 pm    Post subject: S.397, Freedom in Commerce Act; Blessing or Curse? Reply with quote

Recently the Senate passed S.397, to protect our domestic weapons industry from baseless lawsuits from the radical antigun left. Today, the House passed the bill also. It now goes to President Bush for signature.

Depends on who you listen to on this issue, whether it is a blessing that may well save our domestic arms industry, or whether it was a thinly disguised trojan-horse from the antigun radicals.

Of course, the NRA has been supportive of this legislation from the beginning. Our own Washington Delegation has supported it also. So after all is said and done, here is a clip from the NRA:

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Fairfax, VA) - Today the United States House of Representatives passed
the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" (S. 397) by a bipartisan
vote of 283-144. The legislation now moves to President Bush's desk for
his expected signature. http://www.nra.org


And then, here is another frantic call for rejection of the bill from another source that is supposed to be ultra-constitutionalist:
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Early this afternoon, the U.S. House will vote on the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" (S. 397). Like most things in Washington, appearances are often misleading. S. 397 is no exception.

After a thorough analysis of the legislation, Gun Owners of America warns, "...S. 397 is gun control pure and simple. The Kohl [Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin] trigger lock amendment would effectively impose a 'gun tax' on all handgun purchases. Worse, the amendment leads gun owners to the verge of mandatory trigger lock usage, which would actually endanger lives by rendering self-defense firearms useless."
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org


So there you go, decide for yourself. Recently the Supreme Court denied hearing on the subject from N.Y. and D.C., as I told many at the time the Supreme Court felt confident the Congress would rise to the occasion which it did. Additionally, the New York Supreme Court said something to the effect that the courts are the least competent arm of government to address the question of gun manufacturer liability for third-party criminals they have no control over.

I personally believe the Senate and Congress did the right thing in passing S.397: 3/4 of a loaf is better than none, and glitches can be fixed later. Passing this legislation will save our weapons manufacturers from further litigation expenses that you and I end up paying for, recently to the tune of over two-hundred million dollars.

And many friends say they patronize those U.S. gun manufacturers who stood up to the repressive political tactics of the 1990's, instead of climbing into the protective comfort-cushion with the anti-gun radicals.

Some of us have very long memories, and forgiveness is reserved to God.

'Nuff Sed!
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