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DC – COURTS – Firearms industry: Supreme Court’s skip of Sandy Hook gun case presages litigation onslaught

The firearms industry is on the verge on a potentially crushing wave of litigation from the victims of gun violence. Well, maybe. That prediction comes not from gun control advocates but — believe it or not — from the firearms industry, gun owners, the National Rifle Association and states that strongly back gun rights. All of them filed amicus briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court in Remington Arms v. Soto – and all of them warned that if the justices did not grant Remington’s petition for review of a 2019 ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court in a landmark gun liability case, the entire industry could be at risk. The justices did not heed the doomsday warnings. On Tuesday, as my colleague Andrew Chung reported, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Remington’s petition for review of the state supreme court decision. The justices’ rejection means that family members of victims of the horrific 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School can move ahead with claims that Remington Arms, which manufactured the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle used in the mass shooting, is liable under Connecticut’s unfair trade practices statute for marketing and promoting a military-style weapon to civilians.  [full article]

 

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