On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Last month, two years after those horrific shootings, the families of the victims filed a lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms International, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle used by Lanza.
What is the likely outcome of this case and to what extent should firearms manufacturers be accountable for the misuse of their weapons? On this week’s Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast, we discuss these issues with:
- Elliot Fineman, president and CEO, National Gun Victims Action Council, which he founded after his son was murdered in 2006 by a paranoid schizophrenic with a legally obtained firearm. Since then, he has become a leading voice for a network of gun victims, survivors and the faith community seeking to change America’s gun laws.
- Charles Heller, former executive director and now communications coordinator of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Heller is a talk show host for the shows Swap Shop, Liberty Watch, and America Armed and Free on 1030 KVOI in Tucson, Ariz. He has been a state-certified concealed-weapons instructor since 1994 and lists his political affiliation as a “Freedomist”.
- Nicholas Johnson is a professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law where his principal subjects are contracts, environmental law, gun control, and gun rights. He is the author of Firearms Law & the Second Amendment; Regulation, Rights, and Policy (Aspen Casebook Series), and of Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms.