By DAVID STOUT
Published: October 20, 2005
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 - The House of Representatives delivered the gun lobby a cherished victory today, overwhelmingly approving a bill to protect gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits by crime victims.
The House passed the bill, 283 to 144, with the total reflecting considerable support from Democrats as well as the Republican majority. The Senate passed the bill, 65 to 31, in July, so the measure now goes to President Bush to be signed into law.