Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 2049

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 4-1-9 ; IC 36-1-3-8.5.

Synopsis: Legal actions involving firearms. Prohibits the state or a municipal corporation, including a county, municipality, township, school corporation, or any other separate local governmental entity that may sue and be sued, from bringing an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or seller for: (1) recovery of damages resulting from, or injunctive relief or abatement of a nuisance relating to, the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, or sale of a firearm or ammunition for a firearm; or (2) recovery of damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm or ammunition for a firearm by a third party.

Effective: July 1, 2001.





Bischoff




    January 17, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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HOUSE BILL No. 2049



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local government.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 4-1-9; (01)IN2049.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-1-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]:
    Chapter 9. Legal Actions Involving Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers, Trade Associations, and Sellers
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "firearm" has the meaning set forth in IC 35-47-1-5.
    Sec. 2. Except as provided in sections 3 and 4 of this chapter, the state may not bring an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or seller for:
        (1) recovery of damages resulting from, or injunctive relief or abatement of a nuisance relating to, the lawful:
            (A) design;
            (B) manufacture;
            (C) marketing; or
            (D) sale;
        of a firearm or ammunition for a firearm; or
        (2) recovery of damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm or ammunition for a firearm by a third party.
    Sec. 3. (a) The state may bring an action described in section 2 of this chapter if the action is approved in advance by the general assembly in a concurrent resolution or by enactment of a law.
    (b) This section does not create a cause of action.
    Sec. 4. Nothing in this chapter may be construed to prohibit the state from bringing an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or seller for recovery of damages for the following:
        (1) Breach of contract or warranty concerning firearms or ammunition purchased by the state.
        (2) Damage or harm to property owned or leased by the state caused by a defective firearm or ammunition.
        (3) Personal injury or death, if the action arises from the state's claim for subrogation.
        (4) Injunctive relief to enforce a valid statute, rule, or ordinance.

SOURCE: IC 36-1-3-8.5; (01)IN2049.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 36-1-3-8.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 8.5. (a) As used in this section, "firearm" has the meaning set forth in IC 35-47-1-5.
    (b) Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d), a municipal corporation may not bring an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or seller for:
        (1) recovery of damages resulting from, or injunctive relief or abatement of a nuisance relating to, the lawful:
            (A) design;
            (B) manufacture;
            (C) marketing; or
            (D) sale;
        of a firearm or ammunition for a firearm; or
        (2) recovery of damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm or ammunition for a firearm by a third party.
    (c) A municipal corporation may bring an action described in subsection (b) if the action is approved in advance by the general assembly in a concurrent resolution or by enactment of a law. This subsection does not create a cause of action.
    (d) Nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit a municipal corporation from bringing an action against a firearms

or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or seller for recovery of damages for the following:
        (1) Breach of contract or warranty concerning firearms or ammunition purchased by the municipal corporation.
        (2) Damage or harm to property owned or leased by the municipal corporation caused by a defective firearm or ammunition.
        (3) Personal injury or death, if the action arises from the municipal corporation's claim for subrogation.
        (4) Injunctive relief to enforce a valid statute, rule, or ordinance.