February 25, 2004 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Gun makers and gun dealers would be immune from lawsuits under a measure supported by both U.S. Senators from Arkansas. The measure allows lawsuits if the weapons are defective.
Senator Blanche Lincoln is a co-sponsor of the bill. And a spokesman for Senator Mark Pryor says Pryor plans to vote for it. Both are Democrats.
The Senate is expected to vote today on whether to proceed with debate on the bill, which has already passed the House. The measure has the support of the White Houseand 55 sponsors in the Senate. Backers include Democrats and Republicans.
A group opposed to the legislation says Arkansas ranks ninth in guns per capita sold in state and used in crimes out of Arkansas. The group Americans for Gun Safety says 723 guns used in crimes in other states were traced to sales in Arkansas in 2001. A spokesman for Pryor notes that several gunmakers, sporting goods stores, and Wal-Mart stores that sell firearms are located in Arkansas.