I hate that I feel the necessity to oppose this bill. In theory, it sounds great. Gun violence is a major troubling issue in this country, and it must be addressed via strategic legislative efforts. This is a smart idea to reduce gun violence--nip it in the bud and force gun manufacturers and dealers to undertake the responsibility of deciding whether or not someone is worthy of buying a gun from them. However, there are several critical flaws to this idea. First, despite gun dealers' and manufacturers' best efforts, some guns will still end up in the hands of criminals who obtain them illegally via the black market. It would be wrong to punish a company when it has absolutely no fault and there is nothing that it can do. Second, it is wrong to punish a company that is engaged in lawful and legitimate activity, especially when that company is engaged in the sale of an item to which Americans have a constitutional right. Third, I find it troubling that Congress would capriciously disregard basic legal principles of vicarious liability and product liability. As the law is now, a gun manufacturer can still be held liable for manufacturing and selling a defective gun. My understanding of this proposed legislation (correct me if I'm wrong) is that it would allow a gun manufacturer who takes every precaution to manufacture a well-functioning gun, and who also sells the gun lawfully and legitimately, to be liable if that gun hurts somebody. This makes little sense and would not fly in the context of any other product or market. Imagine being able to sue Ford if a drunk driver driving a Prius hits and kills a pedestrian. This is a similar situation. The burden should be on the government to make sure that the gun does not end up in the wrong hands (i.e., the hands of someone who would or intends to use it unlawfully). At the very least, if the government wants to cause gun dealers and manufacturers to help ensure that guns don't end up in the wrong hands, do it via a less punitive and unfair system. For example, raise the firearms tax and the tax on firearm manufacturers/dealers. Then give good acting manufacturers/dealers tax credits each year based on the number of people hurt/killed with guns that they made or sold. The less people harmed in a given year by a certain dealer or manufacturer's guns, the greater the tax credit. Just an idea, but, unlike this bill, it's an idea I would support.