The PLCAA (Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act) – HF621 and a similar bill in the Senate, SF344, are intended to protect manufacturers, distributors, importers, trade associations, sellers, or dealers of firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition from certain legal actions that have no proper basis. Many politically motivated and abusive lawsuits have been pursued across the nation in attempts to harass, damage, and even cripple segments of entirely legal commerce in arms. They intend to hold businesses and individuals – who had acted entirely lawfully – liable for criminal acts committed with their products by third parties.
This bill would prevent suits relating to the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, or sale of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition. It would also prohibit suits seeking recovery of damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful use of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by a third party.
It would not interfere with the normal prosecution of suits alleging breach of contract or warranty, damage or harm caused by a defective product, or the like.
This bill is especially necessary as the Biden administration and Democrat members of Congress have vowed to repeal the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) enacted in 2005 for these same purposes. IFC is glad to partner with the NSSF and NRA-ILA on legislation that protects the lawful.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently reported that Iowa had the greatest growth of any state in firearms-related employment in 2020.
As always, follow this vital legislation and others we’re monitoring on the IFCPAC site with the IFC BILL TRACKER tool. And, always, know how your legislator votes on these bills. The IFCPAC site also contains a LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD so you know what votes they took to secure your civil liberties and which ones want to strip you of your rights!