Poll: Most American Don't Support Lawsuits Against Gun Companies

A new poll finds that seven of 10 American voters do not support allowing crime victims to sue firearm manufacturers and retailers when firearms they made or sold lawfully after background checks are used illegally in crimes, according to this post from the NSSF.

The post says voters from across political parties and geographic regions back the defense that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act provides for the firearms industry.

“More than 70 percent of voters disagree with a position one presidential candidate has made a centerpiece of her campaign. Like that candidate, others running for federal office have chosen to run against and misrepresent this decade-old law that prevents crime victims from suing firearm manufacturers and retailers who have not broken any laws.”

The results come from a national scientific poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted this month by Harper Polling and released today by the NSSF.

According to the story, 72 percent said that the PLCAA "should be kept and we should punish the criminals who commit these acts, not the law-abiding manufacturers and retailers of lawful products which get misused" instead of "this law should be repealed because the current protection enables manufacturers and retailers to sell guns to people who shouldn't have them, because they know they cannot be sued and don't face any consequences."

"The concept that an entire industry should not be held liable for the criminal or negligent use of products made and sold legally clearly makes sense to the overwhelming majority of the American public, as these poll results demonstrate," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. "We commissioned this poll to help determine where Americans stand. They have told us. Now, it's time for politicians to demonstrate that they have some respect for the gun sense of the people and to stop vilifying the hard working people of an entire industry and exploiting real tragedy that is the result of criminal conduct."

The comments from the NSSF are in response to presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton's vocal support of a judge's recent decision to allow a lawsuit brought against Remington by families of victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to proceed.

The suit alleges the company sold AR-style rifles knowing that “the semi-automatic rifle is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.”

A judge has set April 8, 2018 as the trial date for the suit.