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AG opposes firearm regs

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall led 11 states in filing an amicus brief in federal court Monday opposing efforts by Massachusetts and other states to introduce firearms regulation into a class action settlement that compensates gun owners for purchases of weapons that may have had defective triggers.

The lawsuit and settlement covered only the economic issue of compensation to consumers who may have received a defective product from the Remington Arms Company.  However, Massachusetts and other states are attempting to inject matters of public safety and gun policy which simply are not at issue in the case. The case, Pollard v. Frost and Denney, is being appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Eight Circuit.

 “This lawsuit is a dispute between private parties about economic losses that the plaintiffs allegedly incurred when they bought an allegedly defective product from the defendant,” the Attorneys General stated in Monday’s amicus brief. “The mere fact that the product at issue is a gun does not transform this case into a lawsuit about firearm safety….Because the settlement adequately addresses that alleged economic loss, Massachusetts’s public safety concerns should not become an obstacle” to the finalization of the settlement."

Joining Alabama in the amicus brief are Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

A copy of the brief is linked here.

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