A federal lawsuit by the National Shooting Sports Foundation seeking to overturn the Connecticut gun control law passed this year in response to the shootings last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School was dismissed yesterday, the Hartford Courant reports. Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall ruled that the firearms trade group lacked the standing to challenge the law.
The trade group, based in Newtown about 3 miles from Sandy Hook school, represents every major gun manufacturer and 8,000 smaller firearms-related businesses. The shootings at Sandy Hook, in which 20 children and six women were killed, led to a strict and far-reaching gun control law in Connecticut. The legislation bans the sale of more than 100 types of military-style rifles, penalizes gun owners who don’t register with the state police by Jan. 1, and limits large-capacity magazines to 10 bullets. The foundation charged that the law was adopted improperly as an emergency certification and did not pass both houses before it was signed by the governor.