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National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Press Release [via]

Seven 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. 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. More than 70 percent of voters disagree with a position one presidential candidate has made a centerpiece of her campaign. Like that candidate, others running for federal office have chosen to run against and misrepresent this decade-old law that prevents crime victims from suing firearm manufacturers and retailers who have not broken any laws . . .

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 (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition 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not the law-abiding manufacturers and retailers of lawful products which get misused” instead of “this law should be repealed because the current protection enables manufacturers and retailers to sell guns to people who shouldn’t have them, because they know they cannot be sued and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.

(courtesy majority of voters in all regions of the country say the statement about keeping PLCAA more closely reflects their opinion (Midwest: 70 percent, Northeast: 64 percent, South: 73 percent, West: 75 percent). This holds true even for a majority of those who cast a vote for President Obama in the last election (53 percent) and for a majority of non-gun owners (56 percent).

“The concept that an entire industry should not be held liable for the criminal or negligent use of products made and sold legally clearly makes sense to the overwhelming majority of the American public, as these poll results demonstrate” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

“We commissioned this poll to help determine where Americans stand. They have told us. Now, it’s time for politicians to demonstrate that they have some respect for the good sense of the people and to stop vilifying the hard-working people of an entire industry and exploiting real tragedy that is the result of criminal conduct.”


About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to


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  1. Well, obviously the people don’t know what’s in their best interest. *sarcasm
    I doubt any politician cares about the truth here.

  2. Here is the problem, what percentage really care and will change their vote. What is the number votes that Hillary is going to gain or lose with her stance. There is a reason you will here democrats say “we are not going to take your guns”, instead of “we want to ban 30-80 percent of the firearms that are currently in the US.”

    • Elaborate: are you saying that the law is nonsensical or the fact that it is necessary in this day and age to prevent such lawsuits is nonsensical?

  3. Hillary is unaware that there are no more U.S. Arsenals producing guns and ammo for our military. If the Lawful Commerce Act were to be repealed firearms companies which are very small would soon go out of business. I dare say even General Motors would too which is many times bigger. We then would be dependent on foreign ammo and guns which could lead to political blackmail

  4. This sounds good but I’m having a hard time believing that 7 of 10 Americans even know of the existence of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act or the National Shooting Sports Foundation…and I don’t mean this as a slam to either the act or foundation or survey.

  5. 72% of Americans support PLCAA, Okay, but what percentage would change their minds in exchange for a load of free government cheddar?

    Democrats don’t earn votes. They buy them.

  6. If the PLCAA was revoked, who knows how far the lawsuits will spread. Automobile manufacturers for speeding and reckless drivers. Alcohol manufacturers for the violence and misadventure of drinkers. Pharmaceutical companies for those who abuse prescription medication. Technology companies for the actions of fraudsters, pedophiles, and others.

    The only winners would be the lawyers.


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