Biden: If I could do one thing on guns, I would allow people to sue gun manufacturers

By Dan Mangan4 days ago

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Key Points

  • President Biden said getting Congress to revoke the broad immunity that gun-makers have from being sued over shooting incidents is a top priority for his administration.
  • “Most people don't realize: The only industry in America, billion-dollar industry, that can't be sued, exempt from being sued, are gun manufacturers,“ Biden said during a White House speech on addressing gun violence.
  • Congress in 2005 passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which gave gun manufacturers a significant degree of immunity from being sued for money damages by victims of gun violence and their relatives.

President Joe Biden speaks during an event on gun control in the Rose Garden at the White House April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden signed executive orders to prevent gun violence and announced his pick of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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President Joe Biden said Thursday that getting Congress to end the broad immunity that gun-makers have from being sued for shootings is a top priority for his administration.

“Most people don't realize: The only industry in America, billion-dollar industry, that can't be sued, exempt from being sued, are gun manufacturers,“ Biden said during a White House speech where he announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence.

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