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Bill would stop lawsuits against gun makers

December 9, 1999
By: Stacy Covitz
State Capital Bureau

Lawsuits like the one in St. Louis against gun manufacturers has triggered new legislation. Stacy Covitz has the story from Jefferson City.

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A proposed bill would prohibit Missouri government lawsuits dealing with gun design, marketing, manufacturing or sales.

Missouri Senator Peter Kinder filed the bill. He says it would still allow for some lawsuits, such as when the gun is faulty.

Kinder says he disagrees with some of the lawsuits the government files.

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Contents: They're filing bogus lawsuits to recover their medical costs from criminals who shoot each other in drug-related crimes. They say gun manufacturers are responsible. They aren't responsible for people misusing the product.

Kinder says he thinks the bill has enough support to pass. From the state capitol, I'm Stacy Covitz.