Some good news for tort reform and Second Amendment Activists. With a vote of 65-31, the senate passed a ban on junk lawsuits against gun manufacturers. We tried to pass this last year, but some bad amendments poisoned the bill so it was defeated. With some new senators, we fought again for this. This time, only one bad amendments was included, and isn't major. It requires locks sold with all pistols. That is already the law in Michigan, so there's no change here.
The worst amendment in that bill was from our friend Ted "The Swimmer" Kennedy. This failed by a vote of 64-31. It was one of the poison pill amendments of 2004. Kennedy tried to sell this bill as a "cop killer" Amendment, but his comments in 2004 explain his true purpose - pages s1634 and s1635
Another rifle caliber, the 30.30 caliber, was responsible for penetrating three officers' armor and killing them in 1993, 1996, and 2002. This ammunition is also capable of puncturing light-armored vehicles, ballistic or armored glass, armored limousines, even a 600-pound safe with 600 pounds of safe armor plating.....
..It is outrageous and unconscionable that such ammunition continues to be sold in the United States of America..
For those who do not know, the .30-30 is one of the most basic deer hunting rounds in America, and is less powerful than the .30-06, so that would be banned as well if Kennedy's amendment passed.
The bad news though is that our two senators both failed once again to support freedom, the constitution, and the Second Amendment. Mr. Levin and Ms. Stabenow voted for the Kennedy .30-30 ammo ban, and against ending these junk lawsuits against firearms manufacturers. This is unacceptable extremist behavior and must be dealt with as soon as possible.
We need to make sure Ms. Stabenow is fired in 2006, and Mr Levin retires in 2008.