Nov 12, 2019

Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook lawsuit against gunmaker to move forward

Protesters against gun violence in Sandy Hook

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The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will not block a state-level lawsuit against a gun manufacturer by the parents of the children who died during the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, reports USA Today.

Why it matters: Remington Arms was seeking to be protected from the lawsuit, which alleges that the company marketed its military-style rifles "for use in assaults against human beings," per USA Today.

The big picture: This case "tests the reach of a 2005 law passed by Congress to protect firearms manufacturers from being held liable for crimes committed by gun purchasers," per USA Today.

  • Meanwhile, gun control advocates hope this lawsuit will be the first of many targeting the firearms industry.

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