Chris Bell on The Second Amendment

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Voting Record

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

In 2003, Congress attempted to pass similar legislation as in 2005. The bill passed the House in a 285-140 vote. Chris Bell voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Chris Bell voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Amendment - Negligence

As an amendment to the 2003 Lawful commerce act, Congress sought to permit liability actions against firearms manufacturers, sellers, or trade associations for negligence. The amendment failed by a vote of 144-280. Chris Bell voted in favor of the amendment to permit lawsuits for negligence purposes.

Chris Bell voted in favor of the amendment to permit lawsuits for negligence purposes.

Amendment - Third Party

As another amendment to the 2003 Lawful Commerce Act, Congress sought to allow lawsuits to be brought against gun manufacturers and dealers for damages that are caused by the criminal misuse of that product by a third party if the firearm transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the recipient is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance or has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution. The amendment failed by a vote of 134-289. Chris Bell voted in favor of the amendment to allow a lawsuit if the seller should have known the purchaser intended to use the gun illegally.

Chris Bell voted in favor of the amendment to allow a lawsuit if the seller should have known the purchaser intended to use the gun illegally.

Amendment - Conviction of Transferor

As another amendment to the 2003 Lawful commerce act, Congress sought to eliminate the requirement for the conviction of a transferor before a liability action could be taken. The amemdment failed 148-278. Chris Bell voted against eliminating the requirement that the transferor be convicted before a liability action could be taken.

Chris Bell voted against eliminating the requirement that the transferor be convicted before a liability action could be taken.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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