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Congress Passes New Legal Shield for Gun Industry
The New York Times ^ | October 21, 2005 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg

Posted on 10/20/2005 10:01:50 PM PDT by cowboyway

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 - The Republican-controlled Congress delivered a long-sought victory to the gun industry on Thursday when the House voted to shield firearms manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits. The bill now goes to President Bush, who has promised to sign it.

The gun liability bill has for years been the No. 1 legislative priority of the National Rifle Association, which has lobbied lawmakers intensely for it. Its final passage, by a vote of 283 to 144, with considerable Democratic support, reflected the changing politics of gun control, an issue many Democrats began shying away from after Al Gore, who promoted it, was defeated in the 2000 presidential race.

"It's a historic piece of legislation," said Wayne LaPierre, the association's chief executive, who said the bill was the most significant victory for the gun lobby since Congress rewrote the federal gun control law in 1986. "As of Oct. 20, the Second Amendment is probably in the best shape in this country that it's been in decades."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 109th; bang; banglist; beararms; guns; nra; secondamendment
More good news from the "Republican-controlled" congress.
1 posted on 10/20/2005 10:01:53 PM PDT by cowboyway
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To: cowboyway
Thank you, congress, for preventing someone from suing me and my family out of business and home. Even though most of the firearms we sold over the years were historical in nature, we sold enough modern guns that it was always possible at some point for some wacko to come after us with a lawyer.

Now we're shielded. Thank you.

Would have been nice if this could have been done five years ago.
2 posted on 10/20/2005 10:09:15 PM PDT by kingu (Draft Fmr Senator Fred Thompson for '08.)
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To: cowboyway

---with considerable Democratic support, reflected the changing politics of gun control---

The Democrats can say appear on Fox with NRA buttons in their lapels, praising the latest slick rifle from Browning and I still won't even think about voting for them.


3 posted on 10/20/2005 10:10:51 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: claudiustg

This is not good news.
It good news for people like Colin Ferguson.


4 posted on 10/20/2005 10:13:03 PM PDT by BlueSky194
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To: BlueSky194

Your crazy as Colin, manufacturers should not be sued because criminals steal other peoples guns and use them illegally


5 posted on 10/20/2005 10:15:24 PM PDT by TheEaglehasLanded
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To: BlueSky194
This is not good news. It good news for people like Colin Ferguson.

Could you be more definitive?

6 posted on 10/20/2005 10:16:32 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: claudiustg
The Democrats can say appear on Fox with NRA buttons in their lapels, praising the latest slick rifle from Browning and I still won't even think about voting for them.

That may be so but I think it pays to acknowledge them when your "opponents" do something that is pro-freedom. Remember Tony Blair is from the British LABOR party!
7 posted on 10/20/2005 10:17:21 PM PDT by newfarm4000n (God Bless America and God Bless Freedom)
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To: BlueSky194

Please explain...


8 posted on 10/20/2005 10:18:19 PM PDT by ChefKeith ( If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking...)
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To: BlueSky194

This is GREAT news.

People like Colin Ferguson flout gun laws and commit MURDER and idiots try to blame a legally manufactured and HIGHTLY REGULATED product like firearms.

Guns are gonna get cheaper because of this.
Yay! Time for another SIG, Glock and Bushmaster!!!


9 posted on 10/20/2005 10:19:22 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: BlueSky194
It's good news for people

It is for me twice over. Firearm manufacturers won't be sued out of business in frivolous lawsuits now. It's also a step towards tort reform which is also needed.

It good news for people like Colin Ferguson.

How so? If someone has a concealed pistol, maybe Ferguson would be offed instead.

10 posted on 10/20/2005 10:21:16 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("My Gov'nor don't got the answer")
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To: newfarm4000n

---That may be so but I think it pays to acknowledge them when your "opponents" do something that is pro-freedom.---

OK then. When they've been pro-gun for not less than 20 years, I'll consider them for amnesty. :^)


11 posted on 10/20/2005 10:21:34 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: SJSAMPLE
Yay! Time for another SIG, Glock and Bushmaster!!!

I hear you. Just bought my first Glock last week. A model 21. It's a hand-full, but I really like it.

Trying to decide what to get next. I got a birthday coming up soon and, well, guns are forever.

12 posted on 10/20/2005 10:28:39 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: BlueSky194

sniff
sniff


13 posted on 10/20/2005 10:30:37 PM PDT by flashbunny (What is more important: Loyalty to principles, or loyalty to personalities?)
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To: BlueSky194

---This is not good news.
It good news for people like Colin Ferguson.---

What are you talking about? That's the most off the wall BS I've heard, not connected to George Bush or the Miers nomination, in awhile. But come on, tell us what your line of reasoning is!


14 posted on 10/20/2005 10:32:53 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: cowboyway

I jut bought a Glock 31! Love it!


15 posted on 10/20/2005 10:34:19 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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Anything that keeps trial lawyers from filling their pockets with other people's money is good in my book.


16 posted on 10/20/2005 10:36:58 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: claudiustg; pigdog; ancient_geezer
The Democrats can say appear on Fox with NRA buttons in their lapels, praising the latest slick rifle from Browning and I still won't even think about voting for them.

Now, if only we could figure out how to get the democrats to do the same thing with Fairtax. If we did, the IRS would be history by the end of the year.

Maybe we should point out to the democrats that with Fairtax that they can afford a welfare state (though I don't support one) without borrowing money and still have money left over.

17 posted on 10/20/2005 10:39:09 PM PDT by Paul C. Jesup
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To: flashbunny

I think you hit the nail on the head.


18 posted on 10/20/2005 10:43:43 PM PDT by ChefKeith ( If Diplomacy worked, then we would be sitting here talking...)
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To: SJSAMPLE
SIG, Glock and Bushmaster!!!

Talk about good taste. I could throw in Colt and Kimber.

I just traded my 40 Cal S&W for a M-92. Can't wait to try it.

America will be safer because of this legislation. Its just like the Democrats to try to penalize an important business.

A lot of good ideas have been sh!t canned by the "We might get sued." response.

19 posted on 10/20/2005 10:44:18 PM PDT by oyez
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To: cowboyway

Now all we need to do is give them the same protection as they give to Napster, Groakster and Kazzaaa.


20 posted on 10/20/2005 10:45:26 PM PDT by Hong Kong Expat
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To: Hong Kong Expat

must have taken a reverse pill this morning.

Now all we need to do is give Napster, Groakster and Kazzaaa the same protection as they give to Gun manufactures.


21 posted on 10/20/2005 10:47:02 PM PDT by Hong Kong Expat
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To: cowboyway
Get a Sig P226, and the wife a Sig P232. Both in stainless. Glocks are too light. Glocks are Good but Sigs are Supreme.

Sigs are Sweet weapons.

22 posted on 10/20/2005 11:24:02 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64
Get a Sig P226

Right now I'm leaning towards another Bushmaster M4 or the Springfield Armory Scout.

23 posted on 10/20/2005 11:47:19 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: Cobra64

BTW, what part of NC are you from?


24 posted on 10/20/2005 11:47:49 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: Cobra64

I bought a stainless sig, 45 cal. It is the most accurate and smooth firing out-of the box firearm I have ever fired.


25 posted on 10/21/2005 4:24:05 AM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: cowboyway

Awesome. Good news from DC!!


26 posted on 10/21/2005 4:26:12 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (You nonconformists are all the same.)
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To: BlueSky194

This is not good news.




Are you sure you belong in this neighborhood?


27 posted on 10/21/2005 4:27:55 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (LET ME DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, ALEX KOZINSKI FOR SCOTUS)
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To: BlueSky194
It good news for people like Colin Ferguson.

How's life treatin' you, Sarah?

28 posted on 10/21/2005 4:32:42 AM PDT by RogueIsland
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To: SJSAMPLE

I just took delivery of four Civilian Marksmanship Program rifles. Unfortunately, it looks like they are running out of the good stuff. One out of three Garands look ok but the rest are heavily nicked up. The Springfield 03-A3 isn't bad.

I'm looking for a lighter carry style pistol for the girlfriend. Maybe a Kahr in 9MM.


29 posted on 10/21/2005 5:19:06 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems. NRA)
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To: BlueSky194

30 posted on 10/21/2005 5:21:51 AM PDT by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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To: cowboyway

We are on Lake James which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


31 posted on 10/21/2005 10:03:13 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: cowboyway

This is good news! Along with the ruling on sueing the food industry for making us fat, Washington is slowly making head way.


32 posted on 10/21/2005 10:46:33 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: Cobra64
We are on Lake James which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains

That's not far from me. I'm near Lake Keowee just across the SC state line about 20 miles south of Cashiers.

33 posted on 10/22/2005 1:00:44 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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C'mon, FReepers! This is a gun thread!

We need PICS to go with these weapons y'all are talkin' about!


34 posted on 10/22/2005 1:04:05 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: BlueSky194
This is not good news. It good news for people like Colin Ferguson.

Will you please explain or are you going to continue to hide under your desk?

35 posted on 10/22/2005 1:06:20 PM PDT by RightWinger
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