Ruling Against Gun-Maker Draws Mixed Reaction

March 14, 2019 - 4:46 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters have conflicting opinions about a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that reinstated a lawsuit against gun-maker Remington and how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The state high court ruled 4-3 Thursday that part of a lawsuit by victims' families alleging wrongful marketing can proceed, despite a 2005 federal law that shields gun-makers from liability in most cases when their products are used in crimes.

Gun control advocates are touting the ruling as providing a possible roadmap for victims of other mass shootings to circumvent the long-criticized federal law, which has blocked lawsuits over other mass shootings.

Gun rights supporters say the decision is judicial activism and overreach and predict the lawsuit will ultimately fail.