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January 19, 2020

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Battling Gun Maker Immunity
Last Featured: 1/24/2005

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The federal assault weapons ban expired in September 2004, guaranteeing gun control its place in election year politics. However, it is the series of lawsuits filed by cities against gun makers that has gun rights activists lobbying for protection. Cities argue that the gun industry share the blame and the costs associated with gun violence as tobacco companies have done for the public health costs associated with their product. While anti-gun advocates cheer, the NRA calls it a fight to “save the U.S. firearms industry.” Gun makers and their allies won the early court battles, but suffered a setback in the U.S. Senate on a bill that would have granted industry-wide immunity from liability.

Michael D. Barnes is President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. From 1979 to 1987, Barnes served in the U.S. House of Representatives. After leaving Congress, Barnes became a partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson where he served as the principal advocate for the restoration of democracy in Haiti, and as counsel for the governments of Chile, Cyprus, Panama and South Korea. He also served as Chairman of the Center for National Policy; Co-Chairman of the NAFTA Congressional Caucus and Forum; Co-Chairman of the U.S. Committee for the U.N. Development Program; and Chairman of the U.S.-Panama Business Council.

Richard Gardner is a criminal defense attorney and former legislative counsel to the National Rifle Association (NRA). After serving in the military, Gardner began his law career as assistant general counsel to the NRA. He then directed state and local affairs for the organization before becoming the NRA’s legislative counsel. During that time, Gardner served as a spokesman for the organization on national television and radio programs and in the print media. He has written and contributed to numerous articles that have appeared in law reviews and other publications.

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"There is a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control. Both are good things. But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons are to world hunger."

— Anna Quindlen

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The Brady Handgun Control Act Major gun control legislation passed in 1993.
Americans for Gun Safety
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
National Rifle Association
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Article on gun legislation from Findlaw
The Second Amendment Foundation
Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide
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More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws
by John R. Lott, Jr.
The Gun Control Debate : You Decide
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The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth About Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment
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