Update: President signs gun-shield bill

by Walter Olson on October 30, 2005

On Wednesday, at a White House ceremony, President Bush signed into law the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, setting up a likely battle as gun control advocates attempt to counter motions to dismiss various pending lawsuits (William Freebairn, “Gunmaker seeks suit dismissal”, Springfield (Mass.) Republican, Oct. 29). The Legal Talk Network is airing an audio discussion on the new law among David Kopel of the Independence Institute (more), UCLA lawprof Eugene Volokh and Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. I’ve been speaking in favor of a measure like this for years; see, e.g., Apr. 7 and this site’s ongoing coverage of gun litigation more generally, as well as this discussion with Michael Krauss at Point of Law. Jacob Sullum, like Krauss, continues to disagree with me on federalist grounds.

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1 Overlawyered 10.30.05 at 5:32 pm

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2 Overlawyered 12.20.05 at 12:53 pm

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