S. 659 (108th): Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Mar 19, 2003 (108th Congress, 2003–2004)
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

H.R. 1036 (same title)
Passed House — Apr 09, 2003

Larry Craig
Senator from Idaho
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Last Updated
Mar 19, 2003
9 pages
Related Bills
S. 397 (109th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Signed by the President
Oct 26, 2005

H.R. 1036 (Related)
Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Passed House
Last Action: Apr 09, 2003


This bill was introduced on March 19, 2003, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Mar 19, 2003
Referred to Committee Mar 19, 2003
Full Title

A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others.


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Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - Prohibits any qualified civil liability action from being brought in any State or Federal court and requires pending actions to be dismissed.
Defines such an action to:
(1) include an action brought against a manufacturer or seller of a firearm, ammunition, or a component of a firearm that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, or against a trade association of such manufacturers or sellers, for damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm; and
(2) exclude an action brought against persons who transfer a firearm knowing that it will be used to commit a crime of violence or a drug trafficking crime; an action brought against a seller for negligent entrustment or negligence per se; an action in which a manufacturer or seller of a firearm willfully violated a State or Federal statute applicable to the sale or marketing of the firearm and the violation was a proximate cause of the harm for which relief is sought; an action for breach of contract or warranty in connection with the purchase of the firearm; or an action for physical injuries or property damage resulting directly from a defect in design or manufacture of the firearm when used as intended.

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