U.S. Could Order Defective-Gun Recalls Under Lawmaker’s Bill

A Democratic U.S. House member introduced legislation that would give the federal government the power to recall defective firearms — a bill that may face long odds in Congress. Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan’s legislation would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety warnings or order recalls of defective guns. No government agency, including the commission, has the power to order gunmakers to recall guns due to defects. The legislation follows a Bloomberg Businessweek report in February that revealed how Congress blocked attempts to give the government authority to police defective guns when the CPSC was created in 1972. A leading advocate for excluding guns from the commission’s mandate was former Representative John Dingell of Michigan, who is Debbie Dingell’s husband. The agency can order the recall of “thousands of defective products, from bicycles to high chairs to light bulbs,” Debbie Dingell said in a statement Wednesday. […]

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