NSSF Statement On Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling In Soto v. Bushmaster

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NSSF Statement On Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling In Soto v. Bushmaster

NEWTOWN, Conn. – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Connecticut Supreme Court recently reversed (4-3) a state Superior Court ruling and decided in Soto v. Bushmaster that the case can go forward based on the plaintiffs’ allegation that the defendants marketing and advertising of a legal product somehow violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA).

The Court’s split decision held that CUTPA fit within an exemption to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) that permits lawsuits where the defendant violated a statute applicable to the sale of firearms.

In a strongly worded and well-reasoned dissent, Chief Justice Robinson rejected the majority’s overly broad interpretation of the scope of the limited exception, which is contrary to legislative text, cannons of statutory interpretation and the legislative history of the PLCAA. The majority’s decision today is at odds with all other state and federal appellate courts that have interpreted the scope of the exception.

As the trade association for the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® filed an amicus brief in support of the defendants in this case and both respectfully disagrees with and is disappointed by the court’s majority decision.

National Shooting Sports Foundation

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 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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F*** Connecticut. I will boycott every product sold from that state. Anyone with me?

willy d

This ruling is not only a threat to gun manufactures but all in the manufactures of any goods for sale!!!!!!! This ruling will open the doors to all kinds of law suits to any manufacturer, cars, trucks, boats, planes, skate boards, ski’s, you name it and we all can be open to law suits !!!!!!!! As to how the product is presented for usage???? Lots of money for the Lawyers, and talk about tying up the court system?????

Charles Moore

HOW on EARTH have we overlooked the need for safety shields to completely cover the beaters on mixers???? Especially those even more dangerous CONCEALABLE and PORTABLE hand-held (assault?) mixers!!! “Women and children” are even more disproportionately at risk from these murderous machines produced by uncaring white males! Oh, the HUMANITY!!


If that’s the case ALL gun and ammo companies should get together and refuse to sell any and all guns or ammunition to any municipalities in the state, if they are putting the blame on the manufacturer instead of the person utilizing their products for illegal purposes does that mean if a person is shot ( accidentally) by police can they also go after the manufacturer of the guns or ammo the police are using ? I guess if drunk drivers hit someone now the victim can go after the booze maker and the car manufacturer and the tire manufacturer,… Read more »

Missouri Born

These four judges are a danger to the country when they can’t understand the law as written, how the hell did they become judges on a state supreme court to begin with.

Vincent Brady

Where is SCOTUS and when will they start doing their job?


The case has to be brought to SCOTUS. I believe that. they do not intervene (seek out a case) unless there are a number of cases that they see are similar and likely to reach them. Such cases are extremely rare.

J Gibbons

I suspect they might take this one on when appealed as it blatantly violates federal law, is a lone and complete reversal of all other final rulings across the country and has huge ramifications that would cripple all commerce if carried out toward the logical end. If SCOTUS does take it, it should be overturned.


respectful opinions & judgements will generate respectful responses. activist lib-com bulls**t will not.

Gas Block in WA

Commie judges gonna commie.

Jack B.

This will eventually be submitted to SCOTUS
where, according to Chief Justice Roberts, there are no “Obama” justices so we should not worry.
RIGHT !!!!!


make scotus constitutional again: breyer, ginsberg, kagan, roberts, sotomayor GTFO & stay out