Joe Biden Renews Push for Lawsuits Against Gun Makers He Equates with Cigarettes Manufacturers
President Joe Biden compared gun makers to cigarette manufacturers on Thursday, asking why the firearm industry has lawsuit protections that were not there to shield tobacco companies.
Townhall.com posted video of Biden addressing the topic by saying gun makers are “the only industry in America that is exempted from being able to be sued by the public.”
He added, “Imagine had that been the way with cigarette manufacturers, where the hell would we, where the heck would be be? We’d be in tough shape. Why gun manufacturers?”
Biden suggested that gun manufacturers enjoy special protections because of the “power of their lobbying ability” and he called for an end to lawsuit protections.
Biden has made the claim that gun makers have immunity from lawsuits numerous times before and on April 9, 2021, Breitbart News pointed out that his claims are false.
Gun manufacturers are protected from lawsuits in situations where a gun, criminally used, was legally made and legally sold. Those protections are found in the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005.
The text of PLCAA states:
Businesses in the United States that are engaged in interstate and foreign commerce through the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, importation, or sale to the public of firearms or ammunition products that have been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce are not, and should not, be liable for the harm caused by those who criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products or ammunition products that function as designed and intended.
But the protections set forth PLCAA do not shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits over defective goods, criminal misconduct on the part of the gun maker, etc. In other words, the protections in PLCAA do not provide gun makers with immunity.
A Volkswagen Bus modified to hold a machine gun on display at the Magpul weapons booth during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
During a February 2o20 campaign stop in South Carolina Biden referenced PLCAA, pushing for its repeal, then directed comments at gun makers, saying, “I’m going to take you down.”