Understanding the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.


Lately, some of the presidential candidates have been making some wildly inaccurate claims about the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

First, let’s start with some history. In the 1990’s some anti-gun lobby groups, whose goals weren’t being met legislatively, started encouraging cities, groups, and individuals to sue firearms manufacturers for firearms related deaths. The first big suit was in 1998 when the mayor of Chicago decided to sue several firearms manufacturers, followed by Bridgeport, Connecticut. These civil suits had no basis and were more often than not thrown out of court. However, manufacturers still had to spend money defending themselves against these suits, which was the goal of the anti-gun lobby. There were several small manufacturers forced to go out of business, and most others being “bled dry” because of these frivolous suits. The anti-gun lobby couldn’t get their legislation passed so they resulted in a “death by a thousand cuts” campaign. In order to protect manufacturers from these frivolous suits, in 2005 congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which re-leaved manufacturers from frivolous law suits while still being held liable for faulty products.

Now to answer some questions:

It is a “NRA” and “Gun Lobby law”.

FALSE— It wasn’t just an “NRA law” or a “Gun Lobby law”. We’re told that the law was “…passed after intense lobbying by the National Rifle Association…” “backed by gun manufacturers who wished to avoid being bankrupted by the legal onslaught”. But the successful bill drew on a far broader coalition than that. It included a united business community — the Chamber of commerce, NAM(National Association of Manufacturers), NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business), National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors — which saw the gun-suit onslaught as the cutting edge of a movement to bypass the democratic lawmaking process and impose regulation through litigation on other industries. The general outrage in the business community helps explain why the act had 61 Senate co-sponsors, including 12 Democrats and many moderate Republicans; and why it drew 59 Democratic votes in the House, passing by a 2-1 margin .

“It is the only industry that has this protection from liability “
Firearms manufacturers can’t be sued for damage / injury done from faulty products.

FALSE— manufacturers are still liable for defects in their products.

“Manufacturers are flooding areas with firearms to people who shouldn’t have them, knowing that those firearms will be used for crime”.

FALSE— It is still illegal to sell firearms to prohibited persons. The firearms manufactures aren’t some nefarious group of evil doers bent on causing mayhem, they are legitimate businesses doing business in one of the largest areas of commerce in the country.

Manufacturers can’t be sued for people misusing their products.

TRUE— just because someone commits a crime with a firearm doesn’t mean the manufacturer is responsible for that misuse. That would be like suing a car manufacturer because a drunk driver killed someone. A company should not be sued because someone committed an illegal act with a legal product.

The politicians that are spouting these falsehoods are banking on the general public not being informed and not putting forth the effort to get informed.

However you feel on the issue, please do your own homework; don’t rely on sound bites and political ads or the news networks (usually biased one way or the other), educate yourself on the issues.

BigDaddy’s Firearms Training Logo


My Logo

So I’ve been asked what my logo represents or means to me, so I’ll try to explain it to you all.

First is the coiled rattle snake ready to strike in the background.
The first Marines enlisted in the city of Philadelphia; they carried drums painted yellow, depicting a coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles, and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me.” This is the first recorded mention of the future Gadsden flag’s symbolism.
At the first Continental Congress, Continental Colonel Christopher Gadsden represented his home state of South Carolina. He was one of seven members of the Marine Committee who were outfitting the first naval mission. Before the departure of that first mission in December 1775, the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Navy, Commodore Esek Hopkins, received the yellow rattlesnake flag from Gadsden to serve as the distinctive personal standard of his flagship. It was displayed at the mainmast. The rattlesnake symbol was first officially adopted by the Continental Congress in 1778 when it approved the design for the official Seal of the War Office.
So, chose the Yellow Coiled Rattlesnake and borrowed the symbolism directly from the Gadsden flag to represent liberty and freedom.

Second is the twin 1911’s.
I hold the belief that, with the exception of the 10th amendment, which is a state right, the rest of the bill of rights are individual rights protected by, not granted by, the US Constitution. That being said, I strongly believe that without the 2nd Amendment there is no protection for the rest of the rights we as American citizens enjoy. I also believe that self-protection is not only a right, but also an individual responsibility, and that if you are willing to take that responsibility, I will help facilitate it.
So, I chose the twin 1911’s to represent my dedication to our rights, to include the 2nd amendment, and honor the history of service protecting those rights that the 1911 embodies.

Third is the “Deaths Head” pirate flag.
Yes, yes, I know pirates were criminals; however, if you disregard all that thievery, murder, mayhem, and so on; they had a good system. Let me explain. The pirate system was actually one of the first true democracies, that wasn’t a representative democracy; every person had a vote and every person got a share of the “booty”. All leadership positions and positions of importance were voted upon by the crew and the ONLY times the captain had absolute authority was while perusing a target and during combat.
So, I chose the “Deaths Head” pirate flag as a representation of democracy.(And I wanted my own cool pirate flag)

That is how I came up with my own “pirate flag” logo and the symbolism behind it.