Court rules families of Sandy Hook shooting victims may sue gunmaker

HARTFORD, Conn. (WPTA21) – Relatives of the children killed in the 2012 shooting attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School will be permitted to pursue legal action against the company that manufactured the weapon that was used.

In a 4-3 decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the lawsuit against Remington, which makes the Bushmaster rifle that Adam Lanza fired repeatedly as he stalked teachers and students, killing 20.

Plaintiffs in the case argue the rifle Lanza used is too dangerous and should not be available to the general public. They also claim the company marketed it specifically to young people.

Lanza was 20 years old when he went on his killing spree. Connecticut’s child advocate said Lanza’s severe and deteriorating mental health problems, his preoccupation with violence and access to his mother’s legal weapons “proved a recipe for mass murder.”

Remington has denied wrongdoing and previously insisted it can’t be sued under the federal law.

The majority of the high court agreed with most of a lower court’s ruling and dismissed most of the lawsuit’s allegations, but it allowed a wrongful marketing claim to proceed.

“The regulation of advertising that threatens the public’s health, safety, and morals has long been considered a core exercise of the states’ police powers,” Justice Richard Palmer wrote for the majority.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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