In a stunning case with far-reaching implications, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting can sue gun manufacturer Remington for liability in the massacre.
“In a 4-3 decision the court remanded the landmark gun case back to Bridgeport Superior Court and possibly created a path that other mass shooting victims can follow to get around the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, known as PLCAA, which has protected the manufacturers of the AR-15 from lawsuits,” the Hartford Courant reported.
The report added: “It also paves the way for the families to subpoena internal documents on how the gun companies have marketed the AR-15, which has become the weapon of choice for mass shooters. The gun manufacturers have closely guarded information on how they market the assault weapons.”
An attorney representing the families, Josh Koskoff, praised the decision and it was a rejection of the gun industry’s “bid for complete immunity, not only from the consequences of their reckless conduct but also from the truth-seeking discovery process.”
He added: “This is a day of reckoning in board rooms of gun companies across the country.”
For many Americans, it is jarring to see a gun manufacturer being sued for the acts of a deranged killer. Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza used an AR-15 to kill 26 people, including 20 children, in 2012.
Remington’s attorney James B. Vogts argued the law is clear on the issue and no manufacturer is responsible for criminal acts committed by criminals.
“There is no need for a legal re-examination of the law,” he said. “Under the law, the manufacturer of the gun used by the criminal that day isn’t responsible legally for his actions.”