Voters Oppose Suits Against Gun Manufacturers

Voters from across political parties back the defense that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) provides the firearms industry
Voters from across political parties back the defense that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) provides the firearms industry

7 of 10 American voters do not support allowing crime victims to sue firearm manufacturers and retailers when firearms they made or sold lawfully after background checks are used illegally in crime, a recent poll of 1,000 registered voters shows.

These findings were among the results of a national scientific poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted in mid-April by Harper Polling and released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

Instead, voters from across political parties and geographic regions back the defense that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) provides the firearms industry.

Some 72 percent of those surveyed agree that the PLCAA “should be kept and we should punish the criminals who commit these acts not the law-abiding manufacturers and retailers of lawful products which get misused” instead of “this law should be repealed because the current protection enables manufacturers and retailers to sell guns to people who shouldn’t have them, because they know they cannot be sued and don’t face any consequences” (26 percent). Only 4 percent were not sure.

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