SCOTUS Declines to Hear Case of Sandy Hook Victims v. AR-15 Manufacturer
Today the Supreme Court turned away an appeal made by the firearm company Remington Arms Co., who manufactures the AR-15 used in the Sandy Hook school massacre. The suit is an emotional plea made by the families of the Sandy Hook victims to be allowed to sue Remington and hold them liable as the “maker and promoter” of the rifle.
The case, which originated in Connecticut where the shooting occurred, has been bouncing around the courts since December of 2014. In 2016 A Connecticut Superior Court Judge dismissed the lawsuit against the arms manufacturer citing a 2005 law the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” which prohibits lawsuits against makers, distributors and sellers of guns “for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearms products…by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.”
In March, however, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s ruling, saying the families can sue Remington. The suit alleged Remington marketed the AR-15 rifle “for use in assaults against human beings” and pointed to product placement in violent video games. Specifically, plaintiffs pointed to Remington’s marketing phrases such as “consider your man card reissued” and “If it’s good enough for the military it’s good enough for you.”
Remington appealed their case to the Supreme Court after the reversal, citing the merits of the 2005 federal law. Now that the United States Supreme Court has declined to hear Remington’s case, it will once again go back to the lower courts of Connecticut.