Newtown families seek to hold gun maker accountable in CT court

Sandy Hook Families and Remington Arms Will Face Off in CT Supreme Court

Connecticut Supreme Court hears arguments in Newtown shooting case

A lawyer for relatives of some Newtown school massacre victims has asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against gun maker Remington Arms, saying a rifle made by the company and used in the shooting was too risky to sell to the public.

Tuesday, the plaintiffs asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to reinstate the lawsuit, arguing PLCAA allows exceptions for supplying the gun despite knowing the person was unfit to use it.

Twenty children and six adults were killed when gunman Adam Lanza attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., with an AR-15 in December 2012.

Koskoff read marketing materials from Bushmaster, which said its AR-15-style rifle is "the uncompromising choice when you demand a rifle as mission-adaptable as you are".

"Remington may never have known Adam Lanza, but they had been courting him for years, and the courtship between Remington and Adam Lanza is at the heart of this case", says Josh Koskoff, Sandy Hook families' attorney.

"It wasn't just that [Remington] marketed the weapon looking for people with characteristics of Adam Lanza, it was that Adam Lanza heard their message", Koskoff told the justices.

According to Reuters, the weapon Lanza used was a Remington AR-15 Bushmaster rifle, which it described as a civilian version of the military's M-16.

"That's how negligent entrustment works". "What we have is the conduct of a corporation that thought it was above the law and still thinks its above the law".

The statute, backed by the National Rifle Association, has helped the industry defeat similar cases, with the Sandy Hook suit perhaps the highest-profile example.

A lower court judge agreed with the gun maker and dismissed the families' lawsuit in 2016. "They used images of soldiers in combat". "But no matter how much we wished those children and teachers were still alive, the law needs to be applied".

The group contends that the gunmaker's disregard for what was likely to happen was equivalent to gun retailers selling weapons to customers who they knew were likely to commit a crime - a scenario that isn't protected by a 2005 federal law shielding gun manufacturers.

Assault weapons were banned in CT after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Ian Hockley, father of slain first-grader Dylan Hockley, said the rules and restrictions on assault rifles in the military should be applicable to the general public.

After today's hearing, the families say they have full faith in the justice system, but it's a tough legal road for them because of that federal immunity.

Lawyers for the defense have noted the gun was lawfully sold to and purchased by the shooter's mother, Nancy, before she was murdered by the shooter.

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