Putting a Target on Firearms — Manufacturers Shouldn’t Be Held Liable for Gun Crimes

WASHINGTON TIMES — There is a growing effort in the country to prosecute gun manufacturers and retailers for the crimes committed by those who abuse their products.

Proponents of such a gesture — namely, the gun control lobby — believe suppliers of firearms should be held liable for any wrongdoing or crime committed with their products. They believe suing gun manufacturers and suppliers will end gun violence.

How does suing a gun manufacturer or retailer stop gun violence? It won’t. Gun manufacturers shouldn’t be held liable for the actions of criminals; criminals should be held accountable instead.

This urgency to target gun manufacturers and retailers comes on the heels of a recent court ruling allowing the families of nine Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims to proceed with a case against Remington Arms, which made the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle model XM15-E2S used by mass murderer Adam Lanza.

This is the first court case of its kind to advance. It goes against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which was passed by Congress in 2005. The PLCAA was passed to “prohibit causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.”

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