WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t obstruct a lawsuit delivered by Sandy Hook victims’ families against Remington Arms Co., the manufacturer of the semi-automatic rifle that was utilized in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, CT.
The Court determined not to take up an appeal by Remington. That indicates a blow to the gun industry: Depending on the outcome of the case, it could open the door to gun violence victims’ families suing gun manufacturers for damages.
A 2005 federal law shields many gun manufacturers from wrongful death lawsuits brought by family members. But families of victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, are launching a modified approach.
The consumer market for rifles has fallen precipitously in recent years. Colt, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle, has announced it’s exiting the consumer rifle market. A similar gun was used in the Sandy Hook shooting.