The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an effort by Remington Arms to stop a lawsuit filed against the company by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting. The suit against the local gun maker will be allowed to proceed. It alleges that Remington illegally advertised the Bushmaster AR-15 as a military combat weapon for civilians. Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 when he shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them students, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut.
The U.S. Congress had passed laws that granted gun manufacturers protection from law suits against the companies for losses incurred by the use of their products. One of the exceptions for that protection is if a company knowingly violates the law to sell or market guns. The State of Connecticut has a consumer protection law that prohibits advertising that promotes violent, criminal behavior. The Sandy Hook families contend that that is what Remington did.
A lower court in Connecticut had tossed out the family’s law suit, but that state’s Supreme Court reinstated the suit this past March. It was an appeal of that reinstatement that the U.S. Supreme Court turned aside in Tuesday’s decision.