Supreme Court rules than Sandy Hook families and survivor CAN sue the maker of the rifle used in the massacre that left 26 dead

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
By Paul Martin

The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms that argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law that prevented lawsuits against manufactures
Decision allows for Connecticut lawsuit put forth by a survivor and relatives of nine victims who died at the Newtown school on December 14, 2012
Lawsuit says the Madison, North Carolina-based company should never have sold a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle to the public
Adam Lanza earlier shot his mother to death at their Newtown home and killed himself as police arrived at the school
The rifle was legally owned by his mother
The Connecticut Supreme Court had earlier ruled 4-3 that the lawsuit could proceed for now, citing an exemption in the federal law

DAILYMAIL.COM
12 November 2019

The Supreme Court said Tuesday a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people.

The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms that argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law preventing most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers when their products are used in crimes.

The court’s order allows the lawsuit filed in Connecticut state court by a survivor and relatives of nine victims who died at the Newtown, Connecticut, school on Dec. 14, 2012 to go forward.

The lawsuit says the Madison, North Carolina-based company should never have sold a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle to the public. Gunman Adam Lanza used it to kill 20 first graders and six educators. It also alleges Remington targeted younger, at-risk males in marketing and product placement in violent video games. Lanza was 20 years old.

‘The families are grateful that the Supreme Court upheld precedent and denied Remington’s latest attempt to avoid accountability,’ said Joshua Koskoff, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families.

‘We are ready to resume discovery and proceed towards trial in order to shed light on Remington’s profit-driven strategy to expand the AR-15 market and court high-risk users at the expense of Americans’ safety,’ he said.

Messages seeking comment were left with a lawyer for Remington Arms on Tuesday.

Lanza earlier shot his mother to death at their Newtown home and killed himself as police arrived at the school. The rifle was legally owned by his mother.

The Connecticut Supreme Court had earlier ruled 4-3 that the lawsuit could proceed for now, citing an exemption in the federal law. The decision overturned a ruling by a trial court judge who dismissed the lawsuit based on the 2005 federal law, named the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

The federal law has been criticized by gun control advocates as being too favorable to gun-makers, and it has been used to bar lawsuits over other mass killings.

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