Manufacturer of AR-15 Can Be Sued Over Sandy Hook Massacre, Court Rules (#GotBitcoin?)
Connecticut Supreme Court allowed victims’ suit to move forward over its marketing of the gun.
A top manufacturer and distributor of AR-15-style rifles can be sued for advertising and marketing practices that a lawsuit claims has made the gun the weapon of choice for mass shooters, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The state’s highest court revived a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by families of victims killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., against the manufacturer of the semiautomatic gun used by Adam Lanza in the rampage.
The court ruled that the owner of the Bushmaster rifle brand wasn’t shielded by a 2005 federal law that gives firearm sellers and manufacturers protection from liability claims over gun violence.
The ruling allows the plaintiffs to move forward with their claims that Remington Outdoor Co. violated Connecticut’s law against unfair trade practices by allegedly promoting the rifle as a combat weapon intended for waging war and killing human beings.
Lanza killed 20 school children and six educators in the shooting at the school.
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