A federal lawsuit by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, seeking to overturn a gun control law Connecticut lawmakers passed this year in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was dismissed Monday, the Hartford Courant reports.
Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall ruled that the firearms trade group, based in Newtown, where a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the school last December, lacked standing to challenge the law.
State Attorney General spokeswoman Jaclyn M. Falkowski hailed the decision.
"The measures enacted by the General Assembly in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy are entirely appropriate and lawful — both procedurally and substantively," she said.
"We will continue to vigorously defend them against legal challenges, including against any appeal that may be filed of this decision," Falkowski said.
The legislation, passed in April, prohibits 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.
Mike Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group that represents major gun manufacturers and 8,000 smaller firearms-related businesses, said the group had not reviewed the decision.
The group sued Gov. Dannel Malloy and state legislators, charging that the law was adopted improperly as an emergency certification and did not pass both houses before it was signed by the governor.
The defendants moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that the foundation lacked standing to bring the claims. Hall agreed, writing that the trade group's claim of financial injury did not qualify it as a proper party to challenge any defects in the legislative process.
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