The firearms company that made the AR-15 rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is being sued for wrongful death by the victims’ families though the company had absolutely nothing to do with the horrific crime.
It’s like suing a car company for a death in a motor vehicle accident.
Manufacturer Bushmaster will ask a Connecticut judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
This case is meant to greatly weaken the rights and protections of gunmakers with the ultimate goal of putting them out of business.
The company’s lawyers said they are protected by a 2005 federal immunity law that protects gunmakers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products, according to a report by the Associated Press.
While gunmakers are free from liability in many cases, they are not if they knowingly transfer a gun to be used for criminal purposes or if they break the law.
If the product is defective they can be sued.
The Democratic candidates want to take these protections away.
This lawsuit is critical to preserving the Second Amendment. There are no two ways about it. It’s precedent setting.
If this legal doctrine gains steam, particularly at the Federal appellate level, those wishing to exercise their Second Amendment rights could be in trouble. Gun companies found liable for senseless and unforeseeable tragedies could be litigated out of existence by lawsuit after lawsuit.
The AR-15 has drawn the ire of liberal politicians, but has been fiercely defended by gun rights advocates, including NRA president David Keene who penned an op-ed titled “The AR-15: The Gun Liberals Love to Hate,” in which he criticized liberal politicians and members of the media for having “a simple minded and narrow understanding of why the founders included the Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights.”
Remington officials announced in May that they are moving the production lines for the Bushmaster rifle and 1911 pistol from Ilion, NY to Hunstville, Ala.