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Saturday, October 15, 2016
Judge dismisses Sandy Hook lawsuit against Remington
A state judge dismissed the lawsuit against Remington Arms by the families of those killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Judge Barbara Bellis cited the Protection of Lawful
Commerce in Arms Act in her dismissal of the plaintiffs’ negligent
entrustment argument, according to the order filed Friday.
“The present case seeks damages for harms, including the
deaths of plaintiffs’ decedents, that were caused solely by the criminal
misuse of a weapon by Adam Lanza,” the order says. “Accordingly, this
action falls squarely within the broad immunity provided by PLCAA.”
PLCAA, which was signed into law in 2005 by President
Bush, shields gun makers and retailers from liability lawsuits if their
products are used to commit crimes. However, they’re still open to
litigation under certain circumstances such as negligence, according to
an analysis of the law.
Nine Sandy Hook families argued Remington, headquartered
in North Carolina, acted negligently by marketing and selling
military-style weapons to untrained civilian buyers. They filed suit on
the two-year anniversary of the shooting.
In December 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, Connecticut, and murdered 20 first-graders and six
educators with a AR rifle made by Bushmaster Firearms, a company owned