American Rifleman - April 2021 - 19

By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA

Indeed, Biden had promised his
gun-control supporters in February
2020 that he would send a PLCAA
repeal bill to Congress on his " first
day in office. " While he did not meet
that timeline, on Feb. 14, Biden called
on Congress to pass several guncontrol measures, including a repeal
of the PLCAA.
Whether the repeal effort happens
sooner or later, Second Amendment
supporters must understand the
gravity of what this would mean to
their rights and the importance of
engaging politically to oppose it. To
do that requires an understanding
of the PLCAA's background, what
the law actually does, and-perhaps
most importantly-what it does not,
despite false claims by Biden and
other opponents of the act.

During the 1990s, gun-control
activists inside and outside of
the federal and various municipal
governments launched a coordinated
effort to sue the American firearms
industry into oblivion ... or at least
into subservience to their demands.
The litigation was inspired, in part, by
lawsuits against the tobacco industry.
The idea was to structure the suits
so gun companies would be facing
multiple cases in multiple jurisdictions
simultaneously. And, they didn't even
need to win. They only needed to
keep the suits moving long enough
to bleed the industry of the financial
resources necessary to fight the
meritless litigation.
The plaintiffs advanced a variety of
theories in their complaints, but the
essence of their claims was that firearm
and ammunition manufacturers, distributers and dealers should be held civilly
liable for crimes third parties committed
with their products.

Photo by Gage Skidmore

I

have spent much of the last
year reporting on Joe Biden's
aggressive plans for gun
control. Yet one of his most
consequential proposals
doesn't feature the headlinegrabbing elements of a firearm ban
or confiscation scheme (which, of
course, Biden also supports).
The proposal I'm speaking of is
repeal of the Protection of Lawful
Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).
If Biden succeeds in this goal, the
industry that supplies firearms and
ammunition to U.S. consumers, law
enforcement and our military would
be subject to death by a thousand cuts.
Biden has not been shy about
his plans to abolish the PLCAA. His
campaign website put it at the top of
a very long list of anti-gun measures
he hopes to enact. That website
falsely claims, " This law protects [gun]
manufacturers from being held civilly
liable for their products-a protection
granted to no other industry. "
It further states, " Biden will prioritize
repealing this protection. "

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