NCPA To Release Study Showing Law Suits Against Gun Manufacturers To Be Off Target

Washington, D.C. – Despite a number of law suits filed against the gun industry, making similar arguments to the ones used successfully against the tobacco companies, a groundbreaking study by the National Center for Policy Analysis concludes that, unlike tobacco, the benefits of gun ownership exceed the cost.

Suing Gun Manufacturers: Hazardous to Our Health, set to be released Tuesday at the National Press Club, analyzes for the first time the short term and the long term financial benefit to communities from defensive gun use. The study also critiques such law suits as a rejection of a well established rule of tort law: manufactures are not financially liable for the criminal misuse of their products.

Congressman Bob Barr, (R-GA)
Congressman Ralph Hall (D-TX)
James Fotis, Executive Director,
Law Enforcement Alliance of America
H. Sterling Burnett, NCPA Senior Analyst and the study's author

Press Conference to release
Suing Gun Manufacturers:
Hazardous to Our Health

10:00 A.M.
Tuesday, March 23, 1999

Lisagor Room
National Press Club
Washington, D.C.

Representatives Barr and Hall have recently introduced a bill that would ban cities from suing manufacturers of firearms. James J. Fotis is the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America. H. Sterling Burnett is a Senior Policy Analyst and author of the aforementioned study.

The study will be available on the NCPA website on Tuesday, March 23rd by 5:00 P.M. CST at

You can view the video of the press conference on the NCPA Channel ( on Thursday, March 25th by 6:00 P.M. CST.