Lawfare: Nuns Fiel Shareholder Lawsuit Against Smith & Wesson Over AR-15 Production

by Tommy Grant

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“As Catholic Sisters and women of faith who believe in the sanctity of life, our hearts ache at the exponential rise in gun deaths and mass shootings in our country that have ravaged the lives of so many children, women, men, their families, and communities. AR-15-style rifles, like those manufactured by Smith & Wesson, have been the weapon of choice for killers responsible for the deadliest mass shootings in American history,” the statement said.

“By design, they inflict the greatest number of casualties with maximum bodily harm in the shortest amount of time and are easily modified for automatic fire,” it said. “These rifles have no purpose other than mass murder.”

The lawsuit notes that AR-15 style rifles made by other manufacturers have been used in some of the worst mass shootings in the nation, including one that took 21 lives at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in 2022 and one that killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in 2019.

Filed in a Nevada District Court where the company is incorporated, the suit notes that five highly-publicized mass shootings involving Smith & Wesson’s AR-15-style rifles were perpetrated by males between the ages of 19 and 28, and alleges the company specifically marketed to them “to take advantage of young men’s impulsive behavior and lack of self-control,” despite a previous settlement.

— Dan Stockman in Group of Nuns Sue Gunmaker Smith & Wesson Over Assault Weapons

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