House favors barring suits against gun makers

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to prohibit lawsuits by crime victims and government units against gun manufacturers and dealers. Critics charge that many of the cases are frivolous. The legislation, approved by 285 to 140, could endanger more than a dozen lawsuits by cities seeking to hold gun makers and distributors responsible for violence. The Los Angeles Times says that the suits, which have cost the industry more than $100 million in legal fees, could dry . . .

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