Does PLCAA shield gunmakers from liability other businesses would face?

Prof. Stephen Sugarman takes up, and finds generally wanting, the claim that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects the gun business from liability that other industries would face under like circumstances. “Many critics of PLCCA argue that gun makers and sellers should be liable just like those in the auto, pharmaceutical drug, and tobacco industries. Yet, it is very rare for defendants in those industries to be successfully sued in tort for the sort of conduct that gun control advocates would like to hold the gun industry liable.” [UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper/SSRN]

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