The Supreme Court in Connecticut ruled that the firearm company, Remington Arms, the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15 can be sued from the Sandy Hook murders in 2012. The decision was 4-to-3.
Per the Washington Post–
The families alleged, for example, that the Bushmaster product catalog shows soldiers on patrol in jungles along with the phrase: “When you need to perform under pressure, Bushmaster delivers,” and promotes the rifle to civilians as “the ultimate combat weapons system.”
The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) is a United States law which protects firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products. However, both manufacturers and dealers can still be held liable for damages resulting from defective products, breach of contract, criminal misconduct, and other actions for which they are directly responsible in much the same manner that any U.S.-based manufacturer of consumer products is held responsible. They may also be held liable for negligent entrustment when they have reason to know a gun is intended for use in a crime.
Their belief was Remington’s advertisements were misleading and possibly led to this mass murder. An appeal is likely. What do you think of the reasoning or ruling on this case?
Sandy Hook mass murder occurred on Dec 14, 2012 in Newton, Connecticut.