Connecticut Supreme Court hears arguments in Newtown shooting case

Connecticut Supreme Court hears arguments in Newtown shooting case

Connecticut Supreme Court hears arguments in Newtown shooting case

In 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and used a semi-automatic weapon to kill six staff members and 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7.

Families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre asked a court on Tuesday to revive a lawsuit against Remington Arms Company over whether the gun manufacturer bears any responsibility for the mass shooting, Bloomberg reported. Lanza also killed his mother before the school shooting.

Josh Koskoff, lawyer for the victims' families, compared it to "the Ford Motor Company advertising a vehicle that can run over people" and said that kind of advertising attracts "dangerous users", including Lanza.

But moves to even modestly tighten gun control laws floundered and a lawsuit brought by some families of the victims against the manufacturers of the semi-automatic gun used in the crime was thrown out by a judge previous year. "Adam Lanza heard their message", Koskoff told the justices Tuesday.

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". "They marketed the weapon for exactly what it was".

"That's how negligent entrustment works".

"We hope to see the emails", Koskoff said.

The attorney said other companies are held accountable for harm their products cause. "What we have is the conduct of a corporation that thought it was above the law and still thinks its above the law".

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The Sandy Hook families' case rests on whether the company negligently entrusts a buyer with a weapon, which is an exception to the federal law.

The National Rifle Association has filed one of 16 Amicus Curiae, or "friend of the court" briefs in the case. "They were ringing bells of a combat weapon".

"No matter how tragic, no matter how much we wish those children and their teachers were not lost and their families had not suffered, the law needs to be applied", Vogts told the court.

He said such a move would force evidence discovery, which he said could provide a key window into the marketing tactics used by gun manufacturers.

The company said it's up to legislators and not juries whether the AR-15 should be sold to the 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.

He appeared at the hearing. She was murdered by her son on the morning of the shooting.

The court found that even though the manufacturer had no knowledge of or connection to the boy who fired the pellet, it marketed its slingshot to young children and should have foreseen that young children could be use it to fire pellets in a risky manner.

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