H.R. 2037 (107th): Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

May 25, 2001 (107th Congress, 2001–2002)
Died (Reported by Committee)
Clifford “Cliff” Stearns
Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district
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Last Updated
Oct 08, 2002
22 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1036 (108th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Passed House
Last Action: Apr 09, 2003

S. 2268 (Related)
Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 25, 2002


This bill was introduced on September 25, 2002, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced May 25, 2001
Referred to Committee May 25, 2001
Reported by Committee Sep 25, 2002
Full Title

To amend the Act establishing the Department of Commerce to protect manufacturers and sellers in the firearms and ammunition industry from restrictions on interstate or foreign commerce.


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231 cosponsors (184R, 45D, 1I, 1I) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

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10/8/2002--Reported to House amended, Part II.
Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - Prohibits in any Federal or State court a civil liability action brought by any person against a manufacturer or seller of a qualified product (firearm or ammunition), or a trade association, for damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of such product by the person or a third party.
Requires immediate dismissal of any such action pending on the date of enactment of this Act. Excludes from such prohibition (thus allows) any action:
(1) brought against a transferor convicted under Federal or State law by a party directly harmed by the conduct of which the transferee is so convicted;
(2) brought against a seller for negligent entrustment or negligence per se;
(3) where a manufacturer or seller of a qualified product knowingly and willfully violated a State or Federal statute applicable to the sale or marketing of the product, and the violation was a proximate cause of the harm for which relief is sought;
(4) for breach of contract or warranty in connection with the purchase of the product; or
(5) for physical injuries or property damage resulting directly from a defect in design or manufacture of the product, when used as intended.

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