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On Nov. 12, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a case commenced against Remington Arms Co. entities and others by family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. Review was sought by the gun manufacturer following the divided opinion of the Supreme Court of Connecticut in Soto v Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC., 331 Conn. 53, 202 A3d 262 (March 19, 2019), which rejected the defendants’ contention that the suit was preempted by the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, 15 USC 7901-7903. That legislation immunizes firearm manufacturers, distributors and dealers from civil liability for criminal use of firearms by third parties, but provides exceptions including when the manufacturer or seller “knowingly violated a State or Federal statute applicable to the sale or marketing of the [firearm], and the violation was a proximate cause of the harm for which relief is sought…”.

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