SJR 15: Requesting the United States Congress to end the abuse of tort laws against the firearms industry.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 15 01 Requesting the United States Congress to end the abuse of tort laws against the firearms 02 industry. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS citizens have a right, protected by the Second Amendment to the United 05 States Constitution, to keep and bear arms; and 06 WHEREAS lawsuits that seek money damages and other relief for the harm caused 07 by the misuse of firearms by third parties, including criminals, have been commenced against 08 manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms that operate as designed and 09 intended; and 10 WHEREAS the manufacture, importation, possession, sale, and use of firearms and 11 ammunition in the United States are heavily regulated by federal, state, and local laws, 12 including the Gun Control Act of 1968, the National Firearms Act, and the Arms Export 13 Control Act; and 14 WHEREAS businesses in the United States that are engaged in interstate and foreign 15 commerce through the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, importation, or 16 sale of firearms or ammunition to the public that has been shipped or transported in interstate
01 of foreign commerce are not, and should not, be liable for the harm caused by those who 02 criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products or ammunition products that function as 03 designed and intended; and 04 WHEREAS thirty-three states have passed legislation protecting firearms and 05 ammunition manufacturers, and legislation in the United States Congress supporting this 06 measure has broad bipartisan support; 07 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests the United States 08 Congress to pass legislation to end the abuse of tort laws against the firearms industry. 09 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 10 of the United States; the Honorable Richard B. Cheney, Vice-President of the United States 11 and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Bill Frist, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; 12 the Honorable Harry Reid, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable J. Dennis 13 Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Tom DeLay, Majority 14 Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of 15 the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Lisa 16 Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of 17 the Alaska delegation in Congress; and the Honorable Frank H. Murkowski, Governor of 18 Alaska.