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 JordanTrump urges GOP to fight for him Trump embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense MORE (Ohio), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens GOP lawmakers, states back gunmaker in Sandy Hook appeal MORE (Ga.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public MORE (Fla.) and Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisHouse conservatives attempt to access closed-door impeachment hearing GOP lawmakers, states back gunmaker in Sandy Hook appeal Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess 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.