Frivolous Lawsuits Once Again Threaten the Gun Industry

A man holds a Ruger revolver at the NRA annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., April 27, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
The Supreme Court should nuke them to oblivion.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n 2005, a wave of lawsuits threatened to bankrupt the gun industry. These suits were based on — pick your adjective — “creative,” “novel,” “inventive,” and “imaginative” legal theories that rarely held up in court, and they did their damage primarily by forcing gun companies to incur the costs of defending against them. Congress, seeing the problem, stepped in to put a stop to it — or at least tried to — by passing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

A decade and a half later, anti-gun activists have responded with yet more new legal theories, and the

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