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Readout of White House State Legislative Convening on Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable

April 07, 2023

Yesterday, Stefanie Feldman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Domestic Policy Advisor, and Morgan Mohr, Senior Advisor to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, met with state legislators from across the country to discuss state efforts to hold gun manufacturers accountable. As the President continues to call for the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) — a federal law that denies many victims of gun violence their day in court and prevents the public from holding gunmakers accountable — the White House is also working with state and local officials to advance strategies to hold gun manufacturers and dealers accountable for unlawful conduct. During yesterday's meeting, White House officials and state legislators discussed nationwide efforts to hold the gun industry accountable, the implementation of existing gun industry accountability laws in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, and California, and legislative measures under consideration in states including Colorado and Illinois. White House officials also thanked the legislators for their leadership and continued partnership in the effort to protect communities across the country from gun violence. The convening follows a meeting in 2022 with legislators on holding gun manufacturers accountable as well as a 2021 White House meeting with state Attorneys General to discuss opportunities to use generally applicable state consumer protection and nuisance laws to take action against gun manufacturers and gun dealers.

State legislative leaders from the meeting included:

  • California State Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Colorado State Senator Jaquez Lewis
  • Colorado State Senator Chris Kolker
  • Colorado State Representative Jennifer Parenti
  • Colorado State Representative Javier Mabrey
  • Florida State Representative Christine Hunschofsky
  • Maryland State Senator Jeff Waldstreicher
  • New Jersey State Assemblymember John McKeon
  • New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie
  • New York State Assemblymember Patricia Fahy

Joseph R. Biden, Readout of White House State Legislative Convening on Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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