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12 April, 2024

Get rid of PLCAA — The gun makers’ GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card

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Get rid of PLCAA - The gun makers' GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card

You can sue the maker of a toy water pistol for negligence, but not an assault weapon maker!

How is that? Because the gun lobby is shielded by PLCCA (Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act).

The new Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act will repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to ensure that the victims of gun violence will be allowed to have their day in court and that the gun manufacturers, sellers and interest groups – is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety.

How much does the gun lobby donates to MAGA Republicans? How many children have been killed in school mass shootings? What can you do to encourage your elected rep to get rid of the Republican-issued GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD for gun makers and hold them accountable? Start with this relationship map.


Get rid of the Gun Lobby's GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD

The new Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act will repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to ensure that the victims of gun violence will be allowed to have their day in court and that the gun manufacturers, sellers and interest groups – is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety.
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Follow the 'blood money' donations

What is 'blood money'? Money obtained at the cost of another's life. - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A day after a gunman killed a sixth grade student and wounded five other people at Perry High School northwest of Des Moines, Donald Trump returned to the state at a campaign event and told residents that they “have to get over it.” - Rolling Stone

The National Rifle Association spent more than $50 million to back Donald Trump and several Republican Senate candidates in 2016. - The Trace

Follow the blood money donations
Follow the blood money donations

Immunity from civil liability = GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD

PLCAA, which provides immunity in state and federal courts from civil liability for manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of firearms, as well as its trade associations, in most negligence and products liability actions. The gun industry enjoys this unique immunity from liability under well-established common law principles that apply to everyone else in society.

As a result, gun makers and sellers do not act with safety of the public in mind. Under the current law, the gun industry cannot be sued by consumers who are harmed by their products, unlike virtually every other manufacturer of consumer products. It also allows gun sellers to turn a blind eye to straw purchasers or traffickers who may buy hundreds of weapons to transfer them to others with no background check whatsoever. - Newtown Action Alliance

Gun lobby donations

Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act

"The Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act will repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. It will allow civil cases to go forward against irresponsible actors in state and federal courts, just as they would if they involved any other product. Letting courts hear these cases would provide victims of gun violence their day in court. Additionally, the bill would incentivize responsible business practices that would reduce gun injuries and deaths." - Newtown Action Alliance

S.2048 Sponsor: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
H.R.4184 Sponsor: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA-28)

Learn more about gun violence

How many mass murders would occur without guns?
Finding Help: Tips for Survivors
Domestic Violence and Guns: Fighting the Lethal Combination
Get Guns out of Hospitals
Guns trigger more than half of nation’s suicides


TakeAway: Get rid of the PLCAA GET-OUT-OF-JAIL-FREE Card for the gun lobby. Call your elected official to support the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.

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