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NCJ Number: 183547 Find in a Library
Title: Deadly Exceptions: Gun Manufacturers That Would Be Protected by the "Small Business" Cap on Punitive Damages
Corporate Author: Violence Policy Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: February 2000
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr on Crime, Communities and Culture
New York, NY 10106
George Gund Foundation
Cleveland, OH 44115
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
Joyce Foundation
Chicago, IL 60602
Violence Policy Ctr
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Violence Policy Ctr
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Suite 1014
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report discusses legislation that would limit consumer rights in product liability lawsuits and would shield small businesses from punitive damages, presents the results of a telephone survey to determine which firearms manufacturers would benefit from this legislation, and profiles 11 companies that manufacture guns.
Abstract: The Small Business Liability Reform Act would limit the amount awarded against companies that engage in willful misconduct if the company employs fewer than 25 full-time persons. Results of a telephone survey conducted in February 2000 revealed that the small-business cap would protect many manufacturers of assault weapons, Saturday Night Special handguns, and 50-caliber sniper rifles. The legislation would protect gun companies from product liability lawsuits and from lawsuits such as those filed by cities and counties alleging that the gun industry has engaged in negligent distribution and marketing practices. The company profiles focus on the number of employees, the guns produced each year, the specific guns, and events in the company’s history. Tables and photographs
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Accountability; Civil liability; Civil remedies; Consumer protection; Firearm-crime relationships; Gun Control; Gun control legislation; Lawsuits; Products liability; Regulations compliance
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