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Titles (9)

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Firearms Manufacturers Protection bill (Identified by CRS)

Short Titles

Short Titles as Enacted

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Short Titles as Enacted for portions of this bill
  • Child Safety Lock Act of 2005

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Short Titles as Passed House for portions of this bill
  • Child Safety Lock Act of 2005

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

Short Titles as Passed Senate for portions of this bill
  • Child Safety Lock Act of 2005

Short Titles as Introduced

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

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A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others.


Actions Overview (6)

Date Actions Overview
10/26/2005Became Public Law No: 109-92. (TXT | PDF)
10/26/2005Signed by President.
10/25/2005Presented to President.
10/20/2005Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 283 - 144 (Roll no. 534).(text: CR H8990-8992)
07/29/2005Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay. 65 - 31. Record Vote Number: 219.
02/16/2005Introduced in Senate

All Actions (54)

Date Chamber All Actions
10/26/2005Became Public Law No: 109-92. (TXT | PDF)
10/26/2005Signed by President.
10/25/2005SenatePresented to President.
10/20/2005-11:52amHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/20/2005-11:52amHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 283 - 144 (Roll no. 534). (text: CR H8990-8992)
10/20/2005-11:26amHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H9010)
10/20/2005-10:25amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 397.
10/20/2005-10:24amHouseRule provides for consideration of S. 397 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
10/20/2005-10:24amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 493. (consideration: CR H8990-9011)
10/18/2005-3:26pmHouseRule H. Res. 493 passed House.
10/17/2005-7:49pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 493 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of S. 397 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
09/06/2005-7:25pmHouseHeld at the desk.
09/06/2005SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
09/06/2005-2:06pmHouseReceived in the House.
07/29/2005SenatePassed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay. 65 - 31. Record Vote Number: 219.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1605 Amendment SA 1605 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1606 Amendment SA 1606 as modified agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1642 Amendment SA 1642 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 33 - 63. Record Vote Number: 218.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1642 Amendment SA 1642 proposed by Senator Reed. (consideration: CR S9386-9388) To provide a complete substitute.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1619 Amendment SA 1619 not agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1619 Amendment SA 1619 proposed by Senator Corzine. (consideration: CR S9384-9386; text: CR S9384) To protect the rights of law enforcement officers who are victimized by crime to secure compensation from those who participate in arming criminals.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1615 Amendment SA 1615 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 31 - 64. Record Vote Number: 217.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1645 Amendment SA 1645 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay. 87 - 11. Record Vote Number: 216.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1645 Amendment SA 1645 proposed by Senator Craig. (consideration: CR S9382-9384; text: CR S9382) To regulate the sale and possession of armor piercing ammunition, and for other purposes.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1615 Amendment SA 1615 proposed by Senator Kennedy. (consideration: CR S9379-9382, S9384; text: CR S9379-9380) To expand the definition of armor piercing ammunition and for other purposes.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1620 Amendment SA 1620 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay. 35 - 64. Record Vote Number: 215.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1644 Amendment SA 1644 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 72 - 26. Record Vote Number: 214.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1644 Amendment SA 1644 proposed by Senator Craig. (consideration: CR S9377-9379; text: CR S9377) To protect the rights of children who are victimized by crime to secure compensation from those who participate in the arming of criminals.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1620 Amendment SA 1620 proposed by Senator Lautenberg. (consideration: CR S9375-9377, S9379) To exempt lawsuits involving injuries to children from the definition of qualified civil liability action.
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1605 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S9395)
07/29/2005SenateS.Amdt.1606 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S9395)
07/29/2005SenateConsidered by Senate. (consideration: CR S9374-9398)
07/28/2005SenateS.Amdt.1623 Motion to table amendment SA 1623 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 62 - 37. Record Vote Number: 208.
07/28/2005SenateS.Amdt.1623 Amendment SA 1623 proposed by Senator Levin. (consideration: CR S9222-9230; text: CR S9222) To clarify the prohibition on certain civil liability actions.
07/28/2005SenateS.Amdt.1626 Amendment SA 1626 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 70 - 30. Record Vote Number: 207.
07/28/2005SenateS.Amdt.1605 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S9217-9222; text as modified: CR S9222)
07/28/2005SenateS.Amdt.1606 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S9217-9222; text as modified: CR S9222)
07/28/2005SenateS.Amdt.1626 Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S9217-9222)
07/28/2005SenateConsidered by Senate. (consideration: CR S9217-9244)
07/27/2005SenateS.Amdt.1626 Amendment SA 1626 proposed by Senator Reed for Senator Kohl. (consideration: CR S9114-9115; text: CR S9114) To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to require the provision of a child safety lock in connection with the transfer of a handgun.
07/27/2005SenateS.Amdt.1606 Amendment SA 1606 proposed by Senator Frist to Amendment SA 1605. (consideration: CR S9087-9114; text: CR S9087) To make clear that the bill does not apply to actions commenced by the Attorney General to enforce the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act.
07/27/2005SenateS.Amdt.1605 Amendment SA 1605 proposed by Senator Frist for Senator Craig. (consideration: CR S9087; text: CR S9087) To make clear that the bill does not apply to actions commenced by the Attorney General to enforce the Gun Control Act.
07/27/2005SenateCloture motion on the bill presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S9087)
07/27/2005SenateMeasure laid before Senate by motion. (consideration: CR S9059-9087, S9087-9115)
07/27/2005SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of measure agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
07/27/2005SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S9059-9086)
07/26/2005SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (consideration: CR S8908-89027)
07/26/2005SenateCloture on the Motion to proceed to the bill invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 66 - 32. Record Vote Number: 206. (consideration: CR S8908-8909)
07/22/2005SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of measure withdrawn in Senate.
07/22/2005SenateCloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S8740-8741; text: CR S8740-8741)
07/22/2005SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.
02/17/2005SenateRead the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 15.
02/16/2005SenateIntroduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time. (text of measure as introduced: CR S1529-1530)
02/16/2005SenateSponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S1529)

Cosponsors (61)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Baucus, Max [D-MT]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Bunning, Jim [R-KY]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Burns, Conrad R. [R-MT]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Chambliss, Saxby [R-GA]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Coburn, Tom [R-OK]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Domenici, Pete V. [R-NM]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Ensign, John [R-NV]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Hutchison, Kay Bailey [R-TX]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Johnson, Tim [D-SD]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Kyl, Jon [R-AZ]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Lincoln, Blanche L. [D-AR]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Nelson, Ben [D-NE]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Santorum, Rick [R-PA]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Sessions, Jeff [R-AL]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Snowe, Olympia J. [R-ME]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Stevens, Ted [R-AK]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Thomas, Craig [R-WY]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Sununu, John E. [R-NH]* 02/16/2005
Sen. Allen, George [R-VA] 02/17/2005
Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA] 02/17/2005
Sen. Landrieu, Mary L. [D-LA] 02/17/2005
Sen. DeMint, Jim [R-SC] 03/01/2005
Sen. Dole, Elizabeth [R-NC] 03/01/2005
Sen. Dorgan, Byron L. [D-ND] 03/01/2005
Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] 03/01/2005
Sen. Gregg, Judd [R-NH] 03/01/2005
Sen. Hagel, Chuck [R-NE] 03/01/2005
Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] 03/01/2005
Sen. Lott, Trent [R-MS] 03/02/2005
Sen. Frist, William H. [R-TN] 03/03/2005
Sen. Talent, Jim [R-MO] 03/03/2005
Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] 03/04/2005
Sen. Allard, Wayne [R-CO] 03/07/2005
Sen. Cochran, Thad [R-MS] 03/09/2005
Sen. Martinez, Mel [R-FL] 03/09/2005
Sen. Shelby, Richard C. [R-AL] 03/09/2005
Sen. Brownback, Sam [R-KS] 03/10/2005
Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC] 03/10/2005
Sen. Bond, Christopher S. [R-MO] 03/14/2005
Sen. Specter, Arlen [R-PA] 03/14/2005
Sen. McConnell, Mitch [R-KY] 03/15/2005
Sen. Pryor, Mark L. [D-AR] 03/16/2005
Sen. Coleman, Norm [R-MN] 03/16/2005
Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] 03/17/2005
Sen. Voinovich, George V. [R-OH] 04/12/2005
Sen. Bennett, Robert F. [R-UT] 04/12/2005
Sen. Smith, Gordon H. [R-OR] 04/27/2005
Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] 07/21/2005
Sen. Salazar, Ken [D-CO] 07/21/2005
Sen. Byrd, Robert C. [D-WV] 07/25/2005
Sen. Rockefeller, John D., IV [D-WV] 07/26/2005
Sen. Conrad, Kent [D-ND] 07/27/2005

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Shown Here:
Public Law No: 109-92 (10/26/2005)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on July 29, 2005. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - (Sec. 3) Prohibits a qualified civil liability action from being brought in any state or federal court against a manufacturer or seller of a firearm, ammunition, or a component of a firearm that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, or against a trade association of such manufacturers or sellers, for damages, punitive damages, injunctive or declaratory relief, abatement, restitution, fines, penalties, or other relief resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm. Requires pending actions to be dismissed.

Excludes from such prohibition actions: (1) brought by a directly harmed party against a person who transfers a firearm knowing that it will be used to commit a crime of violence or a drug trafficking crime; (2) brought against a seller for negligent entrustment or negligence per se; (3) in which a manufacturer or seller of a firearm knowingly violated a state or federal statute applicable to the sale or marketing of the firearm and the violation was a proximate cause of the harm for which relief is sought; (4) for breach of contract or warranty in connection with the purchase of the firearm; (5) for death, physical injuries, or property damage resulting directly from a defect in design or manufacture of the firearm when used as intended or in a reasonably foreseeable manner, except that where the discharge was caused by a volitional act that constituted a criminal offense, such act shall be considered the sole proximate cause of any resulting death, personal injuries, or property damage; or (6) commenced by the Attorney General to enforce firearms provisions under the federal criminal code or the Internal Revenue Code. Permits a person under age 17 to recover damages authorized under federal or state law in a civil action that meets specified requirements.

(Sec. 5) Child Safety Lock Act of 2005 - Prohibits the sale, delivery, or transfer by a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer of a handgun to any person other than a person with a firearms license unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device. Lists exceptions, including for U.S. and state agencies and for law enforcement. Grants immunity from a qualified civil liability action for a person who has lawful possession and control of a handgun and who uses a secure gun storage or safety device. Establishes as penalties for violations: (1) license revocation or suspension for up to six months; or (2) a civil penalty of up to $2,500.

(Sec. 6) Sets penalties for using or carrying armor piercing ammunition during and in relation to a crime of violence or a drug trafficking crime, and for possessing armor piercing ammunition in furtherance of any such crime, that shall be in addition to the punishment otherwise provided for such crime.

Directs the Attorney General to conduct and report to the chairman and ranking member of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on a study to determine whether a uniform standard for the testing of projectiles against body armor is feasible.