July 27, 2005


Test vote shows gun industry win (Brian DeBose, July 27, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The Senate likely will pass a bill this week to make gun makers and dealers immune from civil lawsuits by local governments seeking to hold the industry responsible for gun-related crimes, after a test vote yesterday showed overwhelming support for the legislation.

On Monday, the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act acquired a 60th Senate co-sponsor -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat. It easily passed the first hurdle on passage, being brought to the floor for debate on a 66-32 vote.

Mr. Byrd's signature gave the bill 60 co-sponsors, assuring a filibuster-proof majority and passage on the floor, said Dan Whiting, spokesman for Sen. Larry E. Craig, Idaho Republican and the bill's sponsor.

Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, said his party expects to use the same tactic that defeated the bill last year...

You'd think it might give them pause to note that their longest serving member facing the toughest race of his career has signed up with the other side. Democrats really have just written off 30 states at the national level.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2005 6:12 PM

The whole product liability anti-gun gambit is just one more admission of weakness. No chance of getting your ideas enacted by legislatures?, Why, then, just go to the courts.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 27, 2005 6:58 PM

They'll go to the court on this one, too, seeking to have the law ruled unconstitutional if Congress approves it. The trial lawyers on the Democrats' side see too much money going down the drain not to mount a final court challenge.

Posted by: John at July 27, 2005 9:51 PM

Trial lawyers are pragmatists. They follow the money. They haven't been successful in the past suing gun makers and now they can't sue. So it's on to caffeine and fastfood.

I feel like sending taunting emails to my virulantly anti-gun Senators. The gist of the message being, "neener, neener, neener!"

Posted by: Pete at July 27, 2005 10:55 PM

You might think it would give them pause that well armed societies are resistant to tyranny (Orrin's long bow theory of history).

Posted by: jd watson at July 28, 2005 6:01 AM


I don't get your point. The last thing the Left wants is a society resistant to their prospective tyranny. I've always presumed that's the reason the Left wants to disarm the citizenry.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at July 28, 2005 7:38 AM
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