Report: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Shield Gun Maker in Sandy Hook Lawsuit
Although the gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. suggested that it was not liable for its marketing of the assault-style rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected their bid, dealing a massive blow to the firearms industry, according to Yahoo News.
Remington attempted to appeal a ruling by Connecticut’s top court to let the lawsuit proceed by citing a federal law that broadly shield firearms manufacturers from liability when their weapons are used in crimes.
A lawsuit was filed in 2014 by the family members of nine people slain and one survivor of the Sandy Hook massacre. Despite being backed by a number of gun rights organizations and lobbying groups, such as the National Rifle Association, the justices turned away their appeal.
The Sandy Hook massacre occurred on Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, and was carried out by Adam Lanza, using a Bushmaster AR-15 gun, a semi-automatic civilian version of the U.S. military’s M-16. It resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults.
The plaintiffs argued that Remington must share some responsibility for the Sandy Hook tragedy and that it had illegally marketed the gun that Lanza used to civilians as a combat weapon for waging war and killing human beings.
Connectuicut’s consumer protection law forbids advertising that promotes violent, criminal behavior, yet the rifles have become the “weapon of choice for mass shooters” and Remington’s ads “continued to exploit the fantasy of an all-conquering long gunman.” One of the ads, the plaintiffs noted, stated, “Forces of opposition, bow down.”