Senate begins debate to reduce lawsuits against gun manufacturers

Senate begins debate to reduce lawsuits against gun manufacturers

[JURIST] A Senate floor debate began Tuesday to discuss a proposed Gun Liability Law [text] that would prevent lawsuits against gun manufacturers, dealers and trade associations when crimes or accidents involving firearms occur. Republican Senator Jeff Sessions [official website] said the legislation would stop "unjust lawsuits" intended to "drive gun manufacturers out of business." Democrats have voiced their opposition to the law, including Senator Jack Reed [official website] who said the number of suits against gun manufacturers is "miniscule" [press release] and stressed the need to examine areas related to gun use such as child safety locks and improving the criminal background check system. AFP has more.