A recent ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court says that the federal law called the lawful commerce in firearms protection act does not apply when AR-15 type weapons are sold to American civilians through marketing that emphasizes their combat or paramilitary nature . I don't know if the Court itself used the phrase "negligent marketing" but that's what they're talking about. Congress may have preempted and forbid any lawsuits against the gun company simply for making a legal gun and selling it to the public in full compliance with all federal laws, but Connecticut says that they have state level laws against marketing anything in a way that promotes violence and crime. So let's consider a more egregious example of "negligent marketing" when it comes to firearms . A new gun manufactuing firm is created as a start-up, and their business model is to supply cheap but powerful concealable weapons to people who aren't into the gun culture, don't feel comforable in gun stores, don't go to shooting ranges. Think "Saturday night specials" but with more horsepower and new features. SkullFkd Arms' flagship weapon is an over-under pistol chambered in 7.62 x 39. It's a derringer type action but with 6" barrels, a double action only trigger, and a built-in belt clip so no holster is needed. Suggested retail cost is $275 but special marketing and promotions will cause it to have a real world street price of only $199. This pistol is called the KopKilla. SkullFkd Arms promotes it in adversisrments, 30-second video ads online and print ads in magazines. The maker points out that the KopKilka has special features: 1-- It fires full metal cased bullets at nearly 2000 feet per second, and will defeat all soft body armor of the type worn by uniform police and bodyguards and VIPs. 2-- The entire gun's exterior surfaces are stippled or checkered, so that no latent fingerprints can be lifted from it. 3-- The KopKilla's barrel is not serial numbered, and every stocking dealer afilliated with SkullFkd Arms has to agree to a barrel-exchange program where you can get a new barrel for $100 or a used one for $50, with your existing barrel as a trade-in. Your trade-in barrel will be professionally reconditioned with sandpaper and polishing compound to remove any ballistic fingerprints from the bore, and then it will be re-issued / resold. Any bullet fired through that barrel will have different forensic markings on it then a bullet fired before the reconditioning. THE MARKETING PLAN: SkullFkd Arms will not advertise in mainstream gun magazines or popular websites related to shooting or hunting . The company will market the KopKilka to the hip-hop, stoner, tattoo, and outlaw biker communities. print ads will be running magazines like XXL, The Source, and High Times. Also The Final Call, which is newspaper of the radical black Muslim movement The Nation of Islam. SkullFkd Arms will likewise buy online advertising at the Stormfront website for white supremacists, many of whom are felons and actively involved in making methamphetamines. The company will not have a presence the SHOT show, nor will its dealers set up any tables at a normal gun shows, but federally licensed dealers who are affiliated with SkullFkd arms are encouraged to set up vending tables at rap music concerts and sell their guns to the audience on their way out after the concert has ended. Flyers and posters will be displayed at liquor stores, and certain liquor stores will be given a stack of $20 off discount coupon cards to give away to as perks to some of their best customers, to let those folks save some money on their purchase of a SkullFkd arms weapon. ************** So, the question is, coukd this be "negligent marketing?" Does federal statutory law or the First Amendment protect the company from suits filed by victims, or families of deceased victims, shot by KopKilla pistols?