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01-HR0123 on Jan 3, 2001

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: against lawsuits against gun manufacturers
Source: Firearms Heritage Protection Act (H.R.123)
OnTheIssues.org explanation: This bill is a response to the success of tobacco lawsuits, which resulted in cigarette manufacturers paying billions to compensate for the long-term negative health effects of tobacco use. Gun manufacturers grew concerned that the same sort of lawsuit would be applied to guns.


  • To prohibit civil liability actions against manufacturers or distributors of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others.
  • Requires dismissal of any such action that is pending on the date of this Act's enactment
  • Specifies exceptions with respect to actions against persons who transfer a firearm knowing that it will be used to commit a crime of violence.


    The Congress finds the following:
  1. Citizens have a right, under the Second Amendment, to keep and bear arms.
  2. Lawsuits have been commenced against manufacturers & dealers of nondefective firearms, which seek money damages for the harm caused by the misuse of firearms by third parties, including criminals.
  3. The sale and use of firearms and ammunition is heavily regulated.
  4. Businesses that are engaged in commerce of firearms or ammunition are not, and should not be, liable for the harm caused by those who unlawfully misuse firearm products.
  5. The possibility of imposing liability on an entire industry for harm that is the sole responsibility of others is an abuse of the legal system.
  6. The liability actions commenced are based on theories without foundation in hundreds of years of the common law and American jurisprudence.
  7. An expansion of liability would constitute a deprivation of the rights guaranteed to citizens under the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.
LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary; never called for a House vote.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Question 10: Absolute right to gun ownership Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Gun Control
  • Headline: No lawsuits against gun manufacturers (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers (Score: 2)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 01-HR0123

James Barcia s1oMichigan Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Ralph Moody Hall s1oTexas Democrat 
Ken Lucas s1oKentucky Democrat (Until 2004) 
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Nick Rahall s1oWest Virginia Democrat 
Mike Ross s1oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Ronnie Shows s1oMississippi Democrat 
Charles Stenholm s1oTexas Democrat 
Gene Taylor s1oMississippi Democratic Challenger 

Republicans participating in 01-HR0123

Robert Aderholt s1oAlabama Republican 
Bob Barr s2pGeorgia Republican Challenger 
Judy Biggert s1oIllinois Republican 
Sherry Boehlert s1oNew York Republican/Independence 
Dan Burton s1oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Steve Buyer s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Ken Calvert s1oCalifornia Republican 
Chris Cannon s1oUtah Republican 
Eric Cantor s1oVirginia Republican 
John Howard Coble s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Larry Combest s1oTexas Republican 
Philip Crane s1oIllinois Republican (Until 2004) 
Barbara Cubin s1oWyoming Republican (Retiring 2008) 
John Doolittle s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Jo Ann Emerson s1oMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
Terry Everett s1oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Greg Ganske s1oIA Former Republican Nominee (2002) 
Bob Goodlatte s1oVirginia Republican 
Doc Hastings s1oWashington Republican 
Robin Hayes s1oNorth Carolina Republican (Unseated 2008) 
J.D. Hayworth s1oArizona Republican (until 2007) 
Joel Hefley s1oColorado Republican 
Johnny Isakson s1oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Timothy Johnson s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Brian Kerns s1oIndiana Republican 
Jim Kolbe s1oArizona Republican 
Ray LaHood s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Ron Lewis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Bob Ney s1oOhio Republican 
John Peterson s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retired 2008) 
Charles Pickering s1oMississippi Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Todd Platts s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Dennis Rehberg s1oMontana Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Edward Schrock s1oVirginia Republican (Until 2004) 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Cliff Stearns s1oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Charles Taylor s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Fred Upton s1oMichigan Republican 
Greg Walden s1oOregon Republican 
Zach Wamp s1oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Wes Watkins s1oOklahoma Republican 
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 

Independents participating in 01-HR0123

Brad Carson s1oOK 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 
Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 
John Hostettler s1oIN 2010 Senate Challenger (lost GOP primary); formerly US Rep. 
John Linder s1oGeorgia Former GOP (until 2010) 
George Nethercutt s1oWA 2004 former Republican challenger; US Representative 
Adam Putnam s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Bob Schaffer s1oCO Former GOP Senate Challenger (2008) 
Bob Stump s1oArizona Former GOP (until 2010) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 10
Republicans: 43
Independents: 8

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