Yet Another Lawsuit Filed

This time it’s the National Shooting Sports Foundation, filing on behalf of the gun manufacturers.


For immediate release

July 8, 2013

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Mike Bazinet

Firearms Industry Files Suit Alleging Process Used to Pass Gun Regulations Violated Connecticut Statutes and Constitution

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Governor Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called “emergency certification” exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun control regulations.

The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.

“A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. “Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen’s organizations.”

The filing can be accessed at

The Connecticut Law Tribune recently editorialized on this topic. That editorial can be accessed at


About NSSF®
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

7 thoughts on “Yet Another Lawsuit Filed

  1. Awesome. The more of these lawsuits / injunctions we can produce and submit, the better. We should also follow Colorado’s example and petition for a recount against Malloy and his “followers”.

  2. You mean “recall”, and Connecticut does not have a provision to recall legislators like Colorado is doing.

  3. 2 year terms makes it possible to change horses after a short ride!
    we won’t need the time it takes to organize a recall to vote him (and buddies) out!

  4. Actually CCDL should ask for a refund from its lawyers for missing this obvious error & something that CCDL touted or complained about again and again.

  5. This is a wise move, not putting all the eggs in one basket. Courts may shun or defer the Constitutional aspects of the first suit, but it’s pretty hard to argue against the procedural LAW violations mention in this suit, when dictator Malloy forced this through our “legislature”.

    There was no Emergency!
    CT citizens were ROBBED (keeping this family friendly- I can think of better adjectives)

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