King votes to protect firearm rights, slams 'frivolous' suits

Monday, April 14, 2003

Iowa Congressman Steve King yesterday spoke out on H.R. 1036, the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." The legislation will shield gun manufacturers and dealers from civil suits by crime victims.

In a speech given on the House floor, King said, "Although losses in court continue to mount for lawyers who bring these baseless suits, the firearms industry is still saddled with the cost of defending them in court. We should be outraged that certain lawyers and gun-ban advocates feel that they can circumvent the legislative process."

King said firearm rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. "I oppose any attempt to water down the principles embodied in the second amendment... The right to keep and bear arms was meant to ensure that citizens can defend our democratic republic from despots and those who seek to take away our rights and free society."

Lawsuits against the firearms industry threaten to drive it out of business, he said.

The legislation was approved by a vote of 285 to 140.

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