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CT – COURTS – Sandy Hook families ask Supreme Court to toss Remington appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court, which began its current term this week, will soon decide whether to hear an appeal from Remington on a ground-breaking suit against the gun maker by family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Supreme Court will either put an end to this lawsuit and other attempts to sue gun manufacturers, or allow nine family members of those killed in the December, 2012 Newtown shooting to continue their lawsuit against Remington in a Connecticut state court. But chances are slim the Supreme Court, which has already included in a crowded docket several controversial cases, will agree to hear another one. The high court receives about 8,000 cases a year and hears about 100 of them. Yet the Sandy Hook case raises a compelling question: how much protection does a federal law give the gun industry  from liability for the harm caused by its products? Since 2005, a federal law known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA, broadly, but not completely, shields firearm manufacturers and dealers when crimes are committed by their products. The Sandy Hook families sought a “loophole” in the law to sue Remington, which they say is liable for the deaths of 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School because the gun used in the shootings – a semi-automatic Bushmaster rifle  – was marketed to promote its “assaultive qualities, military uses, and lethality.”  [full article]

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