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H.R. 4399 (114th): Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 1, 2016 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Last week presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) signed on as a co-sponsor to a bill that would repeal legislation that he voted for in 2005. Sanders, a self-described “socialist,” ranks as the most progressive senator according to GovTrack’s ideology scores, but there is one issue on which he hasn’t been the most liberal Member of Congress: guns. And presidential nomination rival Hillary Clinton has attacked a vote Sanders cast in 2005 shielding gun manufacturers from lawsuits when their products are used in crimes.

S. 2469, “A bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” was introduced last week by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). (A ...


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4399

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 1, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Serrano, Ms. Norton, Ms. Bonamici, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Esty, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Himes, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Cohen, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Deutch, Ms. Duckworth, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Frankel of Florida, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mrs. Lawrence, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Moore, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Takano, Ms. Tsongas, and Ms. Wasserman Schultz) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and provide for the discoverability and admissibility of gun trace information in civil proceedings.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.

2.

Repeal of certain provisions of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Sections 2 through 4 of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (15 U.S.C. 7901–7903) are repealed.

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Discoverability and admissibility of gun trace information in civil proceedings

The contents of the Firearms Trace System database maintained by the National Trace Center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shall not be immune from legal process, shall be subject to subpoena or other discovery, shall be admissible as evidence, and may be used, relied on, or disclosed in any manner, and testimony or other evidence may be permitted based on the data, on the same basis as other information, in a civil action in any State (including the District of Columbia) or Federal court or in an administrative proceeding.