H.R. 1036 - Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, April 8, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE, on Wednesday, April 9, 2003.
MANAGERS: SESSIONS/HASTINGS(FL)
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 1036 - Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2003

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

6. Provides that the amendments printed in the report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1036) to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

--------- SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(Summaries derived from information provided by amendment sponsor.)

1. Watt Restores an individual plaintiff's ability to pursue all currently accepted product liability causes of action. (20 minutes)

2. Scott Eliminates the requirement under the bill for the conviction of a transferor who knowingly transfers a firearm, knowing that such a firearm will be used to commit a crime of violence before a transferor can be sued. (20 minutes)

3. Sanchez Removes from liability immunity any gun sellers of manufacturers who sell or otherwise give guns or ammunition to someone who uses or is addicted to illegal drugs, or "who has been adjudicated as a mental defective." (20 minutes)

4. Meehan Allows plaintiffs to recover against negligent manufacturers, sellers, or trade associations. (20 minutes)

5. Watt Limits the bill’s prohibition to suits against gun manufacturers for relief due to an injury resulting from the criminal act of another. (20 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)

1. Watt

2. Scott

3. Sanchez

4. Meehan

5. Watt