Washington, D.C., November 12, 2019 – Today, Brady applauds the Supreme Court of the United States for denying an appeal by Remington Arms Co. and allowing a suit filed by the families of those impacted by the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to move forward. The decision, Remington Arms Co. v. Soto, upholds the right of these victims to hold Remington accountable, despite an often-misread federal statute, the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which treats gun manufacturers differently than any other industry. Today’s ruling helps prove that PLCAA is not a blanket immunity from accountability for gun manufacturers. More about PLCAA, here.
Brady President Kris Brown stated:
“Brady celebrates today’s decision by the Supreme Court, allowing a lawsuit filed by the families impacted by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 to move forward by rejecting an appeal from Remington Arms Co. to stop the litigation. Remington argued that the case is ‘nationally important.’ We agree; it is nationally important that we hold Remington accountable for marketing weapons of war to the general public. It is nationally important that we revisit the gun industry’s special protection law, the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which should not prohibit grieving families to seek justice. And, it is nationally important that we finally secure justice for the families of those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. PLCAA has for too long denied the victims and families of gun violence this justice, allowing the gun industry to act with impunity and delaying any accountability for their role in the gun violence epidemic in the United States.”
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, families of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting will be able to move forward with their suits against Remington, helping the families and victims of gun violence get their rightful day in court.
Brady Legal has worked for over 30 years to set precedent, support victims, and hold the gun companies accountable for their role in gun crimes. In the case discussed today, Brady Legal has worked with the Sandy Hook lawyers, providing advice, counsel, and filing an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in the Connecticut Supreme Court.
For more information on Brady’s legal efforts, please visit https://www.bradyunited.org/legal-cases.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.