It appears that if/when Bunker Joe Biden and his inevitable replacement Harris may have found a way to circumvent the protections of the 2nd Amendment that will allow them to avoid a SCOTUS intervention. This same “solution” also has a very, very, VERY high probability of becoming an 80 degree slippery slope that will make lawyers very, very, VERY rich and happy. It could have a seriously detrimental effect on many aspects of our manufacturing sector and our economy.
According to Firearm Chronicles
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to do away with the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) could bankrupt the entire firearms industry.
President George W. Bush signed the PLCAA into law in 2005 as a way of protecting firearms manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits. But Biden campaigned on opening up firearm manufacturers to suits tied to the criminal misuse of the products they make.
On February 7, 2020, Breitbart News reported Biden telling a New Hampshire audience it was a “mistake” to give “gun manufacturers … a loophole that does not allow them to be sued for the carnage they are creating.”
He added, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that, and it’s going to be hard.”
On February 24, 2020, Breitbart News reported that Biden looked into the camera during a South Carolina speech, called out gun manufacturers, and said, “I’m going to take you down.”
The PLCAA shields gun manufacturers from lawsuits in situations where the guns in question were legally made and legally sold. Biden wants those protections eliminated.
During an October 2019 gun control forum in Las Vegas Biden claimed opening gun makers up to lawsuits would result in “change overnight.”
The Daily Caller spoke with Missouri self-defense lawyer and firearms trainer Kevin Jamison about Biden’s plans, and he made clear that firearms manufacturers would enter a financial tailspin if Biden has his way. Jamison said, “The guys pushing these lawsuits, they don’t care if they win. They care if they can force these companies to hemorrhage money. They are in the business of putting gun companies out of business.”
Jamison added, “If they destroy enough companies or force them to adopt their rules of procedure then there will be no place to buy guns and that’s what they’re looking for. They want to make it as expensive to own a gun as humanly possible — and as difficult. If they get even part of their wish list, they won.”
It must be noted that other gun control measures Biden has proposed would put financial pressure on gun owners. In fact, his taxation plans for AR-15s, AK-47s, and “high capacity” magazines — a $200 tax on each such privately owned rifle and a $200 tax on every privately owned “high capacity” magazine — could cost gun owners $34 billion.
Let’s look beyond this one subject. Let’s look at where this could possible go.
The single most obvious place is auto manufacturers. What’s to stop lawyers from applying the same standards to car makers that will happen to gun makers? And while we’re at it let’s throw in the liquor and alcohol industry. A drunk driver kills a family member in an accident. After a precedent is set by anti-gunners taking firearm manufacturers to court, regardless of if they win or not, what’s to stop the victim’s family from suing the car maker, the seller of the car, the company that made the alcohol, and the establishment or person that sold or provided the drink to the driver.
The only person that wins in this scenario is the lawyer. Everybody else loses, although the person the lawyer was representing does come in second. It wouldn’t take many of these lawsuits, again regardless of the actual outcome of the litigation. The amount that will have to be spent to defend themselves from these lawsuits will quickly lead to bankruptcy or outrageous increases in the cost of the manufactured items in order to pay insurance companies to cover the inevitable lawsuits or pay the awards when they lose the suit. Eventually these businesses would have to move out of the United States in an attempt to avoid this or simply shut down, putting hundreds of thousands of people out of work, which will wreck the American economy.
And now let’s talk about what has a strong potential for creating a true civil war that being this $200 tax on each privately owned rifle and each privately owned “high capacity” magazine. The “mandatory” buy back scheme could wind up in the SCOTUS and drag on for quite a while.
There are some that would call this a conspiracy theory. I just wish it had enough crazy aspects to be one.