Communications Decency Act Provides Immunity to Website’s Design

Armslist is a website which allows buyers to find private sellers of firearms and contact those sellers. These private transactions do not require background checks. When an estranged husband purchased a gun from a private seller he found on Armslist and used the weapon to kill his wife and others, his wife’s estate sued Armslist for designing and operating a website to facilitate unlawful transactions in firearms. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that because the website’s design and features could be used for lawful purchases and the sale was conducted by a third party, not the website, the Communications Decency Act provided immunity for the website’s design. Read all the details including the Court’s bright-line rule here.