Bushmaster to Appeal Sandy Hook Gun Ruling to SCOTUS

Trending | 4/10/2019 | Liz Sheld
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A panel of Connecticut judges ruled that nine victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting can sue Bushmaster despite a law that shields gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) protects firearms companies from liability regarding the use of their product in a crime. Suing a gun manufacturer for criminal use of their product would be like suing a car company because a car they manufactured was involved in a vehicular homicide or used as transportation to a murder or assault.

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PLCAA’s prohibitions notwithstanding, the Connecticut Supreme Court said the Sandy Hook plaintiffs could proceed with their lawsuit against Bushmaster. The plaintiffs, citing advertising materials that place the XM15 in a marital context and glorify its lethal capacity, say Bushmaster violated Connecticut’s unfair trade practices law because its marketing campaign for the weapon encouraged its use for illegal purposes.

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The state Supreme Court said the plaintiffs can proceed on that claim under an exception to the PLCAA that sets aside immunity if a manufacturer breaks a law “applicable to the sale or marketing of the product.” The panel returned the case to a lower court for trial. The decision stunned pro-Second Amendment groups.

A marketing campaign for the weapon encouraged its use for illegal purposes? How many AR-15 — one of the most popular firearms on the market — owners are out there using their weapons like the Sandy Hook shooter? A tiny fraction of a percent. It doesn't...
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