HCI attacks industry, battles to stop preemption bill. (Industry Watch).
The folks at Handgun Control Inc. (HCI (Human Computer Interaction) Refers to the design and implementation of computer systems that people interact with. It includes desktop systems as well as embedded systems in all kinds of devices. ) changed their name to the Brady Campaign The Brady Campaign or The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence or The Brady Campaign united with the Million Mom March was founded in 1974 as The National Council to Control Handguns (NCCH) by Dr. Mark Borinsky, a victim of gun violence. to Prevent Gun Violence a while back, but their goal remains the same: banning all guns, beginning with handguns.
The organization is particularly vicious these days as it battles to prevent the passage of any federal legislation to protect the industry from frivolous lawsuits.
"Any member of Congress who supports legislation to give the gun industry legal immunity should have to explain to victims of gun violence why their rights are being taken away," Sarah Brady said.
Brady and crew, as always, are big on rights, except the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. They are urging their followers to contact their Congressmen to protest H.R. 1036. The bill, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was passed by the U.S. Senate on July 29, 2005 by a vote of 65-31. On October 20, 2005 it was passed by the House of Representatives 283-144. It was signed into law on October 262005 by President Bush and became Public Law 109-92. , was introduced February 27 by Representatives Cliff John (D-La.), Melissa Hart (R-Pa.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.). The bill, with 244 cosponsors, has more than the majority of votes needed for passage.
The bipartisan support for the bill is particularly smarting to HCI. They also are reeling from the dismissal in early March of a lawsuit filed by 12 California municipalities against the industry. The anti-gun movement had counted on success in the case, especially after a continuous string of defeats in similar cases across the country.
The failure of the California case came after more than two years of intense pretrial pre·tri·al
A proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points of law and facts.
1. Of or relating to a pretrial.
2. preparation by the plaintiffs. Even with all that, and the "smoking-gun" affidavit by Robert Ricker, former head of the American Shooting Sports Council, Judge Vincent DiFiglia dismissed the case before it even got started.
That hurt HCI/Brady. Like in so many such cases, Brady isn't just a cheerleader, urging cities, groups and individuals to sue the industry. Brady actually filed the lawsuit on behalf of the 12 California plaintiffs. Now, they are desperate to stop the federal preemption preemption
U.S. policy that allowed the first settlers, or squatters, on public land to buy the land they had improved. Since improved land, coveted by speculators, was often priced too high for squatters to buy at auction, temporary preemptive laws allowed them to acquire bill.
While the industry has prevailed in the lawsuits thus far, the battle is incredibly expensive -- in dollars and manpower. And unless common sense -- or a law -- enters the picture, the suits will continue infinitum. Within days of the dismissal in the California case, a New Jersey court ruled that a similar suit against the industry could proceed. Of course, Brady/HCI is cheering.
Everyone in the industry, listen up. Contact your Congressman today. Not tomorrow. Tell him you support H.R. 1036 and urge him to vote in favor of this important legislation.