GOP lawmakers, states back gunmaker in Sandy Hook appeal

The National Rifle Association (NRA), 10 states and more than 20 GOP House members are flocking to support gunmaker Remington Arms after a Connecticut court ruling found it could be held liable in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

The groups are among those who filed briefs with the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday, asking it to overturn the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling, The Associated Press reported Thursday.


The briefs referenced a 2005 federal law known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that protects gunmakers from lawsuits, particularly when their guns are used in crimes.

The North Carolina-based Remington Arms developed the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people, including 20 first graders, on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.

The Connecticut high court ruled 4-3 in March that the company could be sued based off their marketing for the weapon. The ruling came after a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by a survivor and relative of a victim in 2015.

“None of the politically-motivated briefs filed on Remington’s behalf undermine the well-reasoned determination by our state’s highest court that these families deserve their day in court,” Katie Mesner-Hage, a lawyer for the victims' families, said in a statement.

Opponents of the ruling are concerned it would set a precent that could put gunmakers in economic jeopardy if they have to juggle lawsuits involving their products.

“The right to keep and bear arms means nothing if the ability to acquire those arms is not possible because the firearm industry is put out of business by unlimited and uncertain liability for criminal misuse of their products,” the NRA said in its brief.

The 22 House Republicans backing Remington include Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Trump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial MORE (Ohio), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceHouse GOP lawmaker wants Senate to hold 'authentic' impeachment trial GOP lawmaker reacts to Democrats moving forward on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday MORE (Ga.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (Fla.) and Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisOvernight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases House conservatives attempt to access closed-door impeachment hearing GOP lawmakers, states back gunmaker in Sandy Hook appeal MORE (Md.).

Officials from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia all signed on to briefs backing Remington Arms, according to the AP.