This is an important second amendment case, because a judge is allowing the parents of the Sandy Hook victims to try to hold the gun manufacturer liable for the psychopath who took it upon himself to commit murder.
A Connecticut judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used in the Sandy Hook shootings, and other companies, can move forward.
A Connecticut Superior Court judge denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against the companies involved in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of the rifle used in the deadly 2012 shootings.
Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on Dec. 14, 2012 to kill 26 people in less than five minutes. The families of the victims, which included 20 children, have sued the maker, distributor and seller of the rifle, arguing that the military-style gun should have never been available for civilians to purchase.
Connecticut State Judge Barbara Bellis rejected the gun companies’ argument that a 2005 federal law can protect gun businesses from civil lawsuits.
Here’s a rundown of the law in question via Wikipedia. I’m not sure any of the exemptions listed apply here.
The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) is a United States law which protects firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products. However, both manufacturers and dealers can still be held liable for damages resulting from defective products, breach of contract, criminal misconduct, and other actions for which they are directly responsible in much the same manner that any U.S. based manufacturer of consumer products is held responsible. They may also be held liable for negligence when they have reason to know a gun is intended for use in a crime.
This has been an angle of attack the left has been salivating over for a long time, because the power of the purse is a way to shut down guns without having to deal with that pesky Constitution. If they succeed here just imagine where it would end…it wouldn’t.
Anytime the left has a problem with anything their itchy litigious trigger fingers will set into motion and they’ll just sue that business out of existence. Are car manufacturers going to be liable for drunk drivers? What about silverware makers when someone is stabbed with one of their knives?
This is no slippery slope, this is how the left gets the change they want…with the gavel and not the ballot. They’ve pretty much already done just that with Christians who don’t want to violate their conscience on marriage. The implications of this case being found against the gun companies cannot be overstated.
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