Washington–Property-casualty insurers are lobbying the Senate to pass legislation that would shield gun manufacturers and retailers from liability if a legally sold gun is used in a crime.

Insurance industry support for the measure was projected through a letter signed by most property-casualty insurance industry trade groups and sent today to Senate Majority Leader William Frist, R-Tenn. It urged passage before senators leave on summer recess next week.

Signers included the American Insurance Association, the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

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