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The Latest: Industry group confident gun-maker will win suit

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE November 13, 2019 – The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a lawsuit to move forward against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

A leading gun industry group says it believes the U.S. Supreme Court should have reviewed and dismissed a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation says it’s disappointed that justices Tuesday allowed the lawsuit against Remington Arms to move forward in a Connecticut court but is confident the company will prevail at trial.

The Madison, North Carolina-based gun-maker made the rifle used to kill 20 first graders and six educators at the Newtown school in 2012. It argued a 2005 federal law shields gun-makers from liability in most lawsuits. The lawsuit alleges Remington Arms violated Connecticut law in how it marketed the product to the public.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation says the school shooter, Adam Lanza, was solely responsible. The Connecticut case focuses on whether Remington Arms broke Connecticut laws in how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at the Newtown, Connecticut, school in 2012. [full article]

The NSSF issued the following statement regarding the SCOTUS decision on Remington case:

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation, as the firearms industry’s trade association, is disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today not to review the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision in Remington v. Soto. Annually, more than 7,000 cases are petitioned to the high court. While the court only accepts a limited number of cases, we believed this case was worthy of review.  The case now returns to Connecticut state court for trial where the plaintiffs will need to prove that Remington’s lawful advertising of a legal product violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), the only claim remaining in the case, and that it somehow caused Adam Lanza to murder innocent victims.  We are confident that Remington will prevail at trial. Nothing in Remington’s advertising of these products connotes or encourages the illegal or negligent misuse of firearms, or that Mrs. Nancy Lanza, who lawfully purchased the firearm two years prior to the incident, or Adam Lanza himself, saw or were influenced in any way by any advertisement.  As the Connecticut Supreme Court noted in its 4-3 decision allowing the case to proceed noted, “Proving such a causal link at trial may prove to be a Herculean task.” We continue to feel sympathy toward the Sandy Hook victims, as NSSF is headquartered in Newtown, but Adam Lanza alone is responsible for his heinous actions.”  [full article]

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