Bill Status of HB4156  102nd General Assembly

Short Description:  FIREARMS LIABILITY

House Sponsors
Rep. Margaret Croke - Maura Hirschauer, Jonathan Carroll and Will Guzzardi

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/10/2023HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Firearms Dealer and Importer Liability Act. Provides that the Act may be referred to as the Protecting Heartbeats Act. Provides that any manufacturer, importer, or dealer of a firearm shall be held strictly liable for any bodily injury or death if the bodily injury or death proximately results from the unlawful discharge of the firearm in the State. Allows any person, other than an officer or employee of a State or local governmental entity, to bring a civil action against any person or entity who violates the Act. Requires the court to award a prevailing claimant: (1) injunctive relief; (2) statutory damages in an amount of not less than $10,000 for each individual injured or killed by a firearm that the defendant manufactured, imported, or dealt; and (3) costs and attorney's fees. Provides for various limitations.

DateChamber Action
  9/28/2021HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Margaret Croke
  10/5/2021HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Maura Hirschauer
  10/5/2021HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan Carroll
  10/19/2021HouseFirst Reading
  10/19/2021HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  1/11/2022HouseAssigned to Executive Committee
  2/4/2022HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Margaret Croke
  2/4/2022HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  2/9/2022HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Executive Committee
  2/18/2022HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  2/18/2022HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  7/8/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Will Guzzardi
  1/10/2023HouseSession Sine Die