Report highlights Victims’ families are actually pursuing legal action against gun maker Remington
They say Remington is directly marketing a military-grade weapon to a vulnerable group
(CNN) Attorneys representing the families of the Sandy Hook college shooting victims had another likelihood to say why they believe gun corporations ought to be held accountable in Connecticut Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday, a month shy of the 5th anniversary of the shooting that killed 26 persons, 20 of them children.
Since 2014, the victims’ families have already been pursuing legal action against Remington, which makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that 20-year-old Adam Lanza found in the shooting. The case was thrown out by less court last year, whenever a judge sided with Remington’s placement that gunmakers are immune to the lawsuit because of a provision in the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Hands Act.
The act, signed by George W. Bush in 2005, largely prohibits lawsuits against gun producers and distributors whose firearms are used in a criminal action.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys appealed to the state’s Supreme Courtroom, arguing for an exemption to the act through a claim of “negligent entrustment.” They argue that Remington knowingly marketed and offered the AR-15 to an especially vulnerable group of teenagers. They also believe the sales of the gun to civilians is normally negligent since it is primarily “designed for our armed forces and engineered to provide maximum carnage.”
“In the military, a weapon of the type is fairly rightly at the mercy of strict rules around its use and safe-keeping,” Ian Hockley, the mother or father of a Sandy Hook victim, said following the hearing. “The manufacturer of the Bushmaster will take no such safety measures when unleashing their merchandise into the civilian market.”