The lawsuit against Remington Arms has been dismissed by a state judge. The lawsuit against the firearms manufacturer was filed by the families of those killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Those nine families argued that Remington “acted negligently by marketing and selling military-style weapons to untrained civilian buyers,” according to Guns.com. They contended the weapon used was only intended for civilians and law enforcement.
This new development comes as a blow to the families because in April 2016, the same judge (who is listed as a Superior Court judge in April documents) allowed the lawsuit to continue. She ruled that the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, signed by then-President Bush, did not prevent the victims’ families from arguing that the semi-automatic rifle is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.
The initial suit by the families was filed on the two-year anniversary of the 2012 massacre, where a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and murdered 20 first-graders and six educators with an AR rifle made by Bushmaster Firearms, a company owned by Remington.
Judge Barbara Bellis (now listed as a State Judge) cited the PLCAA 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 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.
Judge Bellis’ ruling shows that Remington Arms is protected and the lawsuit against them is no longer valid.