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Common Sense Gun Laws

The Lesniak Institute supports two common sense laws to protect Americans, young and old, from gun violence:

1).  Permit-to-Purchase (PTP) – a policy requiring everyone to obtain a permit, contingent on passing a background check, before buying a firearm.

2). Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) – In the United States, gun manufacturers are able to design their products without regard for consumer safety. This is largely the consequence of the 2005 PLCAA, which gave broad immunity to gun manufacturers and dealers from liability litigation. Before the passage of the PLCAA, tort liability lawsuits were slowly influencing the conduct of gun manufacturers and dealers, better aligning them with public health. Lawsuits in Chicago and Detroit targeted retail gun shows and wholesalers engaged in practices facilitating illegal straw purchases. Studies on the effects of these suits found that there were substantial reductions in the flow of guns to criminals in these cities.

Women a month are shot to death by intimate partners in the U.S.


Percent of Americans will know a victim of gun violence


Percent of U.S. gun owners admit that they do not store their guns safely

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