Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot, NBC News In the speech President Biden gave last week calling for new restrictions on gun rights, he made too many factual errors and weak arguments to count. While many have since corrected him on multiple counts, one particularly egregious false claim the president made has somewhat flown under the radar—the gross lie Biden told about gun manufacturers.
“We should repeal the liability shield that often protects gun manufacturers from being sued for the death and destruction caused by their weapons,” Biden said. “ They’re the only industry in this country that has that kind of immunity . Imagine. Imagine if the tobacco industry had been immune from being sued, where we’d be today.
“ The gun industry’s special protections are outrageous ,” the president concludes. “It must end.” “We should repeal the liability shield that often protects gun manufacturers from being sued for the death and destruction caused by their weapons,” Pres. Biden says. “Imagine if the tobacco industry had been immune from being sued, where we’d be today.” pic.twitter.com/WMQBCIeHWA We should repeal the liability shield that often protects gun manufacturers from being sued for the death and destruction caused by their weapons. They’re the only industry in the country that has this kind of immunity. It’s outrageous. It must end. There’s just one problem with the president’s narrative: it’s objectively false and totally disingenuous.
Biden is referencing a 2005 law called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which does give gun manufacturers liability protections in some circumstances.
But far from outrageous, these protections are actually commonsensical. The companies are shielded from lawsuits based on the unlawful acts other people commit with their products, but are not shielded from lawsuits based on things they themselves get wrong, like negligence or defects in their products.
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