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Score one for the Second Amendment. On October 9th, the U.S. District Court (Southern District of Ohio) ruled that a complaint against several AR-15 style rifle manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, Remington Arms Company, Sig Sauer, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Colt’s Manufacturing and Armalite had “no standing” and dismissed the case.




But it was a weird case, to be honest. An entity called Primus Group, which described itself as an “entertainment venue,” filed its complaint after the tragic murders in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

Primus Group claimed the weapons manufacturers intentionally misrepresent their products and are involved in racketeering. Huh?


In further amendments to the initial complaint, Primus Group asserted the manufacturers were negligent in their design of the products, continue to manufacture them knowing some people will not properly secure them, and that it’s the manufacturer’s fault that mass shootings can occur before law enforcement can intervene.

The company claimed legal standing because a mass shooting “could” happen at their establishment and therefore they have “suffered injuries.”

Bear in mind, Primus Group had no actual injuries related to the mass shootings, nor could they provide any substantial evidence indicating they were losing business due the sale of semi-automatic rifles.

We found a business listing for a Primus Group LLC in Columbus, OH that says it’s in the “legal services industry.” That doesn’t sound particularly entertaining. When we tried to call the phone number, we got the generic “you have reached 614-blah-blah-blah.”  Hmm.


The National Shooting Sports Federation, the trade association for the firearms industry issued a statement praising the Court’s decision.

“This decision by the federal judge to dismiss with prejudice this frivolous case is pleasing, if not unexpected,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “These are lawful and federally-regulated AR-15 modern sporting rifle manufacturers that make semiautomatic rifles for lawful purposes. The judge was absolutely correct to assert that the proper venue to establish public firearms policy is through the legislature and not the courts.”

The court found the plaintiffs had no standing to bring the case against the defendants. This decision rightfully asserts that those who purposefully and criminally misuse firearms are the ones who are responsible for those crimes. It further affirms that activist lawsuits to prompt judicial action are not the proper avenue to establish policy.


Amen. But you know anti-gun activists will continue to file these frivolous lawsuits and clog up the legal system with garbage.

As we’ve reported here, knives cause five times more deaths than any kind of rifle. Hands, fists and feet cause twice as many deaths. Thankfully, no activists have filed suit to ban those… yet.




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