Nearly three-quarters of Americans support the rights of gun makers and retailers when it comes to victims of crimes and their desire to file a lawsuit.
According to the results of a poll released Monday by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
, 72 percent of those surveyed do not think victims of crimes involving firearms should be able to sue gun manufacturers or stores because of what happened to them.
The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005 protects gun makers and dealers from lawsuits stemming from crimes in which their products are used.
The percentage of various groups that support the PLCAA, according to the survey results:
- 91 percent of "strong Republican" voters
- 86 percent of voters who "lean Republican"
- 47 percent of "strong Democrat" voters
- 67 percent of voters who "lean Democrat"
- 75 percent of independent voters
Within those demographics, the highest percentage of voters who oppose the PLCAA were 45 percent of those who claim to be a "strong Democrat."
Hillary Clinton, the leading Democrat candidate for president, has campaigned against the NRA and gun lobbyists, saying if she becomes president she would fight for tougher gun laws
and tighter restrictions on the industry.
"We commissioned this poll to help determine where Americans stand. They have told us," NSSF senior vice president and general counsel Lawrence G. Keane said. "Now, it's time for politicians to demonstrate that they have some respect for the good sense of the people and to stop vilifying the hard-working people of an entire industry and exploiting real tragedy that is the result of criminal conduct."
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