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Is gun maker liable? Court takes up Newtown shooting case

Is gun maker liable? Court takes up Newtown shooting case”

A lawyer for families who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting told Connecticut's highest court on Tuesday that Remington Outdoor Co [FREDM.UL] should be held responsible because its military-themed marketing was created to appeal to young men like killer Adam Lanza. Newtown was the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. He then killed himself.

The case centers on a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle made by North Carolina-based Remington and a 2005 federal law that shields gun makers from liability in most cases.

The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether gun maker Remington Arms should be held liable for the 2012 Newtown school massacre.

A lower court judge had ruled that a federal law protects the gun manufacturer from being sued.

Connecticut's lower court judge agreed with gun manufacturers that the slingshot case applied to children, so it was different.

The packed courtroom in Hartford, Connecticut, included numerous victims' family members.

Nine of those children's families argued Bushmaster's parent company, Remington Arms, specifically marketed a military-grade weapon to people who were likely to use it to kill.

"But we have not lost one ounce of confidence in the validity of our case", he said. They argue that ads targeted a "younger demographic".

Lawyers for the gunmaker say there was no opportunity for Remington to asses the shooter, Adam Lanza, so there was no way they could know what the gun would be used for. It's called negligent entrustment.

The argument has historically been used where someone lends a vehicle to a high-risk driver who goes on to cause an accident.

"The manufacturer and the sellers of the firearms used by the criminal that day are not legally responsible", Vogts said.

"What we have here is the conduct of a corporation that thought it was above the law and still thinks its above the law", said lawyer Joshua Koskoff.



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