Thanks to the unparalleled political power of the gun lobby, the Consumer Product Safety Act, adopted in 1972, exempts guns and ammunition. (The Gun Control Act of 1968 gave the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives broad authority to block the importation of firearms and the agency has used that authority to keep defectively designed foreign weapons out of the country. Ironically, no federal agency has similar authority with respect to domestically manufactured firearms.)"
Disparities abound when it comes to any common sense policies and practices concerning guns. Because of the influence of the gun lobby, guns are the only product sold in our country not regulated by the CPSC. Because of the influence of the gun lobby, few, if any, lawsuits can be filed against gun manufacturers or dealers for defective products or for faulty business practices. We should be very happy that we have a government agency in charge of keeping us safe from defective products and to monitor businesses for unsafe practices that could result in injury or death to American citizens. The fact that guns are exempt should concern a lot more people than it currently does. Most people don't know about this flaw in U.S. public safety. Many of these issues have "flown under the radar" so our elected leaders have not been held accountable for their lack of responsibility. It's time for that to change.