Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue gunmaker Remington

by John Wesley Reid · Nov 12th, 2019 12:48 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 2:32 pm

The United States Supreme Court has denied review of a Connecticut Supreme Court decision, allowing families of Sandy Hook victims to sue gunmaker Remington. The families’ lawsuit claims that Remington marketed the AR-15 style rifle in a way that would inspire violence.

The legislation surrounding this case is the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects gun manufacturers from lawsuits when people use their products for violence. However, the law has a caveat for circumstances where the manufacturer markets the firearm in a way that could inspire violence. The lawsuit argues that Remington’s marketing methods put the manufacturer in the caveat.

The Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision was not about the details of the Remington lawsuit but rather that the families are “entitled to have the opportunity to prove their wrongful marketing allegations.”