U.S. Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Families' Lawsuit Against Gun-Maker To Go Forward
A lawsuit filed against gun-maker Remington Arms Co. by families of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting will proceed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Remington’s appeal to block the lawsuit.
The case, which has survived many legal twists and turns, hinges on how Remington marketed the AR-15-style rifle used in the 2012 killings. The families claim Remington violated Connecticut's unfair trade practices law when it “knowingly marketed and promoted the Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle for use in assaults against human beings.”
The 2005 federal law that shields gun companies from liability has several exceptions -- including one that allows lawsuits against a gun-maker or seller that knowingly violates state or federal laws governing how a product is sold or marketed.
Parents who lost their children at Sandy Hook have said it was no accident that the attacker picked the AR-15-style rifle to carry out his shooting rampage because he knew it would kill as many people as possible as fast as possible. MORE »