In 2005, President Bush signed into law a bill pushed by the NRA. It shields gun manufacturers from most forms of civil litigation.
But yesterday — the day after the 2nd anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre — 10 Newtown families sued Bushmaster Firearms, the maker of the gun used in that rampage.
Josh Koskoff represents the victims. Last night, the 1984 Staples High School graduate and longtime Westport resident talked to Rachel Maddow about that wrongful death suit.
It’s a tough case, he admitted. Gun manufacturers have broad immunity.
“This is an industry that makes the world’s most dangerous product,” he said. “But you can’t sue them.”
However, he told the MSNBC host, he’s undaunted. His clients are “so worthy.” He and his colleagues at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder believe they have found a way to win.
“We’ve got a case here,” the attorney told Maddow.
It’s clear he feels a personal stake in this battle.
“If we didn’t take this case — in our own backyard — we might as well just fold up,” he said.
Maddow said that Bushmaster refused to comment.
(To see the Koskoff interview, click on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”)
(Hat tip to Peter Propp)