Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Passes
The seed for this Congressional Bill was young Brandon Maxfield, and a whole host of lawyers smelling blood and money. Brandon Maxfield was shot in 1994, leaving him a quadriplegic at age 7. A family friend was unloading a Bryco Model 38 semiautomatic pistol when it discharged, firing a round into Brandon's face. He and his family won $51 million in June 2003 after a two-year legal battle against Bryco. Oddly, Maxfield attempted to buy Bryco in 2004. Maxfield's final bid of $505,000 to buy Bryco Arms, one of the nation's leading makers of inexpensive guns for poor people, fell short. He had wanted to acquire the company in order to shut it down. I note that Mr. Maxfield's anti-gun website, Brandons Arms.org is no longer online.
While we are sympathetic to the plight of people like Brandon, we recognize that personal responsibility plays a huge role in adult activities like driving automobiles, handling firearms, and yes, in filing lawsuits. Even a Bryco pistol is a good gun to the man who needs a gun. It is better than nothing. If you want a better gun, buy a better gun. If you want a safer gun, buy a safer gun. If you don't know what is better or safer, educate yourself. That is called personal responsibility. That is called adulthood.