Giffords Law Center Applauds Victory Holding Gun Industry Accountable in Ground-Breaking Lawsuit
The families of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, announced today that they reached a settlement in the lawsuit against the maker and seller of the assault weapon used to kill their family members.
NEW YORK, NY — Today, Giffords Law Center applauded the successful resolution of a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the company that sold the Bushmaster assault weapon used in the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The lawsuit, filed by lawyers at the Bridgeport, Connecticut law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC, alleged that the marketing and sale of the assault weapon violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act, and that the company responsible for those violations was liable to the victim’s families.
David Pucino, Giffords Law Center Deputy Chief Counsel:
The Firearms Accountability Counsel Taskforce (FACT) is a joint effort by our country’s premier gun violence prevention organizations. FACT works with lawyers to reduce gun violence and protect Americans’ right to live.
At an earlier stage of the lawsuit, Remington argued that it was protected by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a law passed in 2005 that the gun industry has used to avoid civil liability for the dangers their products pose. The Supreme Court of Connecticut held that PLCAA did not apply because the illegal marketing practices at issue violated Connecticut law.
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