On March 14, 2019 the Connecticut Supreme Court sided with anti-gun interests by giving the green-light for a lawsuit against companies that manufactured and sold the semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Sandy Hook victims’ relatives originally sued the gun manufacturer Remington in 2014 for facilitating this shooting.
This recent ruling allows this lawsuit to potentially go to trial, which could legally compel gun companies to turn over internal communications and other sensitive information to anti-gun government agencies.
The court agreed with the lower court judge’s decision to throw out claims that directly challenged the federal law, The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, protecting gun companies from federal litigation. However, the court did allow the case to move forward based on a state law regarding unfair trade practices.
In the majority opinion, the judges stated that “it falls to a jury to decide whether the promotional schemes alleged in the present case rise to the level of illegal trade practices and whether fault for the tragedy can be laid at their feet.”
This decision has opened up a new avenue for gun controllers to exploit in their quest to destroy gun rights in America. This new strategy of circumventing the rigid protections in federal laws that shield gun companies from litigation when their firearms are used to commit crimes will very likely be employed by gun controllers across the nation.
After all, Connecticut has been a trendsetter in gun control, with its passage of the nation’s first red flag law in 1999, and a slew of gun control in 2012 after the Newtown shooting.
Gun rights advocates can expect more lawsuits of this kind to move across the rest of the nation now that Connecticut has gotten the ball rolling.
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