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Reported to House amended, Part II (10/08/2002)

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act - Prohibits in any Federal or State court a civil liability action brought by any person against a manufacturer or seller of a qualified product (firearm or ammunition), or a trade association, for damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of such product by the person or a third party. Requires immediate dismissal of any such action pending on the date of enactment of this Act. Excludes from such prohibition (thus allows) any action: (1) brought against a transferor convicted under Federal or State law by a party directly harmed by the conduct of which the transferee is so convicted; (2) brought against a seller for negligent entrustment or negligence per se; (3) where a manufacturer or seller of a qualified product knowingly and willfully violated a State or Federal statute applicable to the sale or marketing of the product, and the violation was a proximate cause of the harm for which relief is sought; (4) for breach of contract or warranty in connection with the purchase of the product; or (5) for physical injuries or property damage resulting directly from a defect in design or manufacture of the product, when used as intended.