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Did Remington Go Under Because Of The Sandy Hook Massacre?

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Nick Givas Media And Politics Reporter

The Los Angeles Times published an article Tuesday, asking if the Sandy Hook massacre is the reason for Remington Outdoor Company’s bankruptcy.

Author Michael Hiltzik claimed it’s more than just simple economics and suggested the bankruptcy is a preemptive reaction to a pending Connecticut Supreme Court ruling.

“The court has been expected to rule any moment on assertions that Remington’s reckless sales policies outweigh its protection from lawsuits under federal law,” Hiltzik wrote. “That’s the position taken by parents of children killed by a Remington-made Bushmaster AR-15 rifle wielded by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.”
“The court’s ruling, however, is likely to be stayed during the bankruptcy, which could last for months,” Hiltzik continued. “That could give the company some breathing room to try reaching a negotiated settlement with the parents that removes the threat to federal immunity.”
The Newtown victims’ parents are arguing Remington violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act by improperly marketing “a military weapons designed to inflict mass casualties to an untrained civil population, specifically targeting violence-prone young men,” the LA Times reported.
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A lower court already threw out Sandy Hook Parents’ lawsuit back in 2016, but it was appealed to the State Supreme Court. They have yet to issue a ruling, according to the LA Times.
“Such a ruling also would allow the parents to start discovery. That process could unearth reams of internal communications that could be embarrassing if they indicated, say, that Remington deliberately structured it’s marketing to feed a market of young adults harboring fantasies of mass mayhem,” the article shows.
Remington claimed decision to file for bankruptcy was a result of their incorrect assumption a Democrat would be in the White House, driving up gun sales. “Instead, Donald Trump won the presidency, and expectations of higher sales evaporated,” Hiltzik writes.
The parents’ lawyers believe their lawsuit will be allowed to move forward, the attorneys said. “We do not expect this filing to affect the families’ case in any material way.”

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