Gun manufacturers are one step closer to being held accountable for gun deaths.
Earlier today, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that families of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre can bring a lawsuit against Remington, which made and sold the rifle used by the killer.
The New York Times called it “a major blow to the firearms industry, (and) a significant development in the long-running battle between gun control advocates and the gun lobby.”
It could also open the way for victims’ relatives and survivors from other mass shootings to sue gun manufacturers and sellers.
Westporter Josh Koskoff is the lead lawyer for the families.
He told the Times, “This decision was a long time in coming but it was more than worth the wait. These families were not going to go away, no matter how long it took.”
(Click here for the full New York Times story.)
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.
Josh Koskoff on “Rachel Maddow” last night.
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)