Mass shootings are beyond out of control in the United States. There have been over 1000 mass shootings in the United States since 2013. The age spectrum of the victim’s have ranged from small children to adults. It seems that no one is immune from gun violence. This has left family members, friends, and most Americans asking for common sense gun control. It seems these pleas for stricter gun laws have gone unheard, however, as gun advocates have strengthened their stance on their 2nd Amendment right to own and use firearms.
The lawful use of all types of firearms have driven gun enthusiasts in many states to amass a stockpile of firearms that rivals that of a well equipped army. This has left the victim’s of gun violence and their families searching for answers and justice.
In 2012, 26 people, which included 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut. This shooting prompted more than outrage regarding how quickly and easily the shooter obtained the firearms used.
The families of the victims filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the weapons used in the massacre in order to gain some piece of mind . The suit included Manufacturers Remington Arms, Camfour, and the company that sold the weapons, Riverview Gun Sales. The manufacturers of the weapons used in the shooting which included a .223 caliber Bushmaster rifle, a 10mm Glock 20SF handgun, a Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun. These weapons are generally used by he military.
The manufacturers of the weapons had filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit based upon the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUPTA). In 2016, a Connecticut Superior Court judge denied the gun manufacturers motion on the grounds that the families did have legal grounds to file suit for financial injury, and that the gun manufacturers were not protected under the PLCAA which is used to protect manufacturers if their product is used violently and unlawfully. The victims state that they firearms used had no business in the hands of civilians as they are military grade weapons.
This action by the court is a great victory for the victims and their families, and others who have become victims of gun violence.