From our private database of 33,600+ case briefs...
Romero v. National Rifle Association of America, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
749 F.2d 77 (1984)
The main building of the National Rifle Association of America, Inc. (NRA) (defendant) contained offices, a firearms museum, a laboratory, and a firing range. An annex containing only clerical offices connected to that main building by passageways that were closed and locked after business hours. Robert Lowe, an NRA employee whose office was in the annex, owned a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition. When leaving work one evening, he locked the pistol and its ammunition in a closet and hid the key to the closet in his desk. That evening, four burglars broke into the annex, searched Lowe’s desk, found the key to the closet, and stole Lowe’s gun and ammunition. Four days later, one of the original burglars and an accomplice robbed Orlando Gonzalez-Angel with Lowe’s gun. Gonzalez-Angel resisted, and the accomplice shot and killed him. Mario Romero (plaintiff), administrator of Gonzalez-Angel’s estate, sued Lowe and the NRA for Gonzalez’s death. Romero argued that the jury should have been allowed to infer constructive knowledge of the overnight presence of guns in the annex from the proximity of the firing range in the main NRA building and the absence of instructions to employees to take their weapons home at night. The jury found that Lowe was not liable but that the NRA was liable. However, the district court granted the NRA’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, holding that the NRA did not owe any duty of care to Gonzalez-Angel and that the NRA’s conduct was not the proximate cause of Gonzalez-Angel’s death. Romero appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 602,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 602,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,600 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.