S. 397 (109th): Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act


Feb 16, 2005
109th Congress, 2005–2006


Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 26, 2005

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 26, 2005.


Pub.L. 109-92


Larry Craig

Senator from Idaho



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Last Updated: Oct 28, 2005
Length: 9 pages

About the bill

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, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others.

Summary (CRS)

Section3 - Prohibits a qualified civil liability action from being brought in any state or federal court against a manufacturer or seller of a firearm, ammunition, or a component of ... Read more >


Feb 16, 2005

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Feb 17, 2005
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jul 29, 2005
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

Oct 20, 2005
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Oct 26, 2005
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 397”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


61 cosponsors (49R, 12D) (show)
Jul 26, 2005 12:53 p.m.
Cloture Motion Agreed to 66/32
Jul 29, 2005 5:11 p.m.
Bill Passed 65/31
Oct 20, 2005 11:53 a.m.
Passed 283/144

Related Bills

Legislative action may be ocurring on one of these bills in lieu of or in parallel to action on this bill.

S. 1806 (108th) was a previous version of this bill.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Nov 3, 2003

H.R. 800 (Related)
Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Reported by Committee
Last Action: May 25, 2005

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