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BILL DOES NOT PROHIBIT SUITS AGAINST NEGLIGENT GUNMAKERS

An April 15 editorial in The News claimed that Congress was considering a law that would quash lawsuits against gunmakers for selling defective products and that it would prevent lawsuits against gun sellers for negligence. This is incorrect. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S. 397 and H.R. 800) specifically states that it does not include protection in cases of negligence or defective products. How could The News make such a statement? Did the writer even bother to read the bills? I can only conclude that the author's objective was to confuse the issue so that efforts by anti-gun organizations to sue gunmakers and sellers out of business can continue.

If, as the editorial claims, The News has no problem protecting the gun industry from lawsuits based solely on what someone does with a gun, then it should be in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, because that is all the bill does, nothing more.

David W. Peters

North Tonawanda