Soto v. Bushmaster

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

Connecticut Citizens Defense League Files Brief Opposing Lawsuit that Seeks to Make Gun Manufacturers Liable for Gun Crimes Because Firearms are “too Dangerous” for Law-abiding Citizens

June 20, 2017  (Groton, CT)
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the Connecticut Supreme Court opposing an attempt to impose legal liability on the manufacturers and sellers of the firearm used in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The Supreme Court case (Soto v Bushmaster), brought by lawyers representing the estates of several victims of the shooting, is based on the novel theory that the firearm used in the shooting is “too dangerous” to sell to ordinary, law-abiding citizens, and that the makers of the gun should thus be on the hook whenever it is misused to cause injury. But as CCDL’s brief points out, the particular type of firearm used by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook in fact has about one-fourth as much firepower as many ordinary hunting rifles, because it uses lightweight ammunition. And crime statistics show that ordinary handguns are over fifteen times more likely to me used by “mass shooters” than the model of firearm chosen by Lanza. If the defendants are held liable in this case, then, it will set a precedent that would expose businesses to legal liability each time they sell virtually any type of firearm in Connecticut.

The State Superior Court rejected the Plaintiffs’ theory, noting that it “would be a dramatic change in tort doctrine.” But the Plaintiffs have now appealed to the Supreme Court.

“The implications of the radical theory of tort law advanced by Plaintiffs’ lawyers in this case are dangerous and breathtaking,” said Scott Wilson, President of CCDL. “When you realize that by every empirical measure, the type of firearm at issue in this case is less dangerous and less likely to be used in any kind of violent crime, including mass shootings, than an ordinary hunting rifle or handgun, it becomes clear that this is just the latest effort in the long-running campaign by anti-gun activists to make the manufacturers of any firearm liable simply because criminals or the mentally unstable misuse their product.” But the Second Amendment protects the right to sell firearms to lawful citizens, according to multiple federal court decisions; and a federal statute also generally forecloses attempts to make firearm manufactures and retailers liable for the misuse of the firearms they sell, so long as the sale itself was lawful. “Plaintiffs’ effort to choke off the sale of virtually all ordinary firearms is contrary to both the Constitution and federal law,” Mr. Wilson said. “CCDL hopes that our brief will help the Supreme Court to recognize the truly radical—and unconstitutional—implications of this lawsuit.”

The full brief can be downloaded here: CCDL-Amicus-AS-FILED (pdf)

Amicus Application Accepted

The Connecticut Supreme Court has accepted CCDL’s application to appear as Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) in the case of Soto v. Bushmaster, as well as approving our full legal team.

This means the court agrees that CCDL and it’s members have a legitimate interest in this case and it’s outcome, and they will allow CCDL to explain why we believe that a ruling for the plaintiffs in this case could seriously jeopardize the ability of law-abiding citizens to obtain lawful arms in Connecticut.

Our legal team is putting the final touches on the actual brief, which we hope to be able to share with our members as soon as possible.

Soto-v-bushmaster amicus application granted (pdf)

June Member Update

CCDL Monthly Meeting – June 13th
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Agenda:

  • Wrap up for 2017 legislative session
  • Gubernatorial and statewide constitutional offices discussion
  • Candidate for state-wide office- Peter Lumaj
  • Updates on actions with the Waterbury pistol permit process
  • Updates on actions with the Middletown pistol permit process
  • Information on the CCDL Family Picnic
  • Poker Run update
  • CCDL amicus brief filing (Soto v Bushmaster)
  • CCDL educational legislative shoot

Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website.


Legislative Session

Legislative Coordinator Ray Bevis will report on “how we did” at the upcoming meeting. This is a tremendous opportunity for our members to hear about how we did this year in Hartford. Ray will include some of the key highlights of the session, and compare our efforts from a few years ago to this year. Every year that CCDL is around, we grow, we learn and we mature as an organization to better serve our faithful members.


Meet Candidate for State-Wide Office Peter Lumaj

2018 candidates for state-wide office are emerging. One such candidate is Peter Lumaj. While CCDL has not endorsed any candidates for any race in 2018, we will point out that Peter has been endorsed by CCDL in the past. Peter is a staunch supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, and if you come and listen you will see exactly why.


CCDL Files FOIA Requests With Two Cities

In an effort to address the many concerns of pistol permit applicants in several municipalities in Connecticut, CCDL has requested data from two cities: Waterbury and Middletown. Numerous applicants have reportedly been delayed far beyond the statutorily required 8-week period to issue or deny pistol permits. Once the data is reviewed, and if systemic problems are indicated with one or both cities, we will more than likely consider several courses of action to correct these issues.


CCDL Readies Amicus Filing (Soto v Bushmaster)

CCDL has applied to the CT State Supreme court to submit an Amicus Curiae Brief (Friend of the Court Brief) in support of Bushmaster Firearms International LLC. The case known as ‘Soto v Bushmaster’ has been ongoing for some time, and CCDL will withhold any further statements on the case until the court accepts our petition for the brief to be filed. The application is a matter of public record on file with the State Supreme Court as of May 30, 2017. You may view a copy of the application here: Application-of-CCDL-for-permission-to-appear-as-amicus-curiae.pdf


CCDL Summer Events

The 9th Annual CCDL Family Picnic is set for August 26th is Stratford Connecticut At Boothe Memorial Park. This picnic is free to our members, and more details and a flyer will be published soon.

CCDL Poker Run is a go for Saturday, September 9th. Additional setails to follow soon!

CCDL files Application to CT Supreme Court

CCDL has applied to the CT State Supreme court to submit an Amicus Curiae Brief (Friend of the Court Brief) in support of Bushmaster Firearms International LLC.

The case known as ‘Soto v Bushmaster’ has been ongoing for some time, and CCDL will withhold any further statements on the case until the court accepts our petition for the brief to be filed.

The application is a matter of public record on file with the State Supreme Court as of May 30, 2017. You may view a copy of the application here: Application-of-CCDL-for-permission-to-appear-as-amicus-curiae.pdf