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In what is seen by many as a desperate lobbying effort to defeat S. 659 - the Senate version of reckless lawsuit preemption legislation - the Brady Center last month released a "study" featuring its list of "the worst players in the gun industry - gun sellers that recklessly operate their businesses and allow criminals to get guns."
Citing data maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), the Brady Center compiled its list of federally licensed, legally operated gun dealers whom it refers to as "bad apples."  The report alleges that the so-called "bad apple" dealers named on their list "are doing things that are irresponsible," and are therefore recklessly allowing criminals to acquire firearms.
How does the BATFE - on whose statistical data the Brady Center's dubious report relies - characterize these findings?  In a word, "misleading."  Federal authorities disputed the Brady report's conclusions, stating: "the statistics cited do not provide a complete picture of the types of activities that might warrant federal gun prosecutions."  Casting further doubt on the validity of the Brady report's findings, the

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BATFE concluded by saying, "[T]he fact is that the majority of federally licensed firearms dealers are not knowingly engaged in criminal activity."  Enough said.

On July 30, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce added its name to the growing list of influential organizations declaring unqualified support of S. 659.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations.  In a letter to the U.S. Senate, R. Bruce Josten, the Chamber's Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, wrote: "The U.S. Chamber is greatly concerned about the growing trend of litigation being filed against entire legal industries with the goal of either raising government revenue or achieving policy goals outside the constraints of the political process.  The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act would help curtail this abusive situation."
One of the oft repeated criticisms leveled by the gun-ban lobby is the false notion that S. 659 would remove all accountability and liability from the firearm industry.  Addressing this issue, Mr. Josten wrote: "The legislation is designed to limit speculative litigation against the firearms industry for legally selling their product. It is important to note that the legislation preserves the ability of injured parties to seek legal redress if they are injured by a defective product or as a result of certain enumerated illegal acts.  The legislation," he continued, "simply makes clear that, in most circumstances, a cause of action does not exist against the manufacturer or seller of

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