Gun Company Finally Faces Justice In Sandy Hook Massacre

After years filled with grief, victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Massacre may force gun companies to finally face justice for their part in the tragedy. A Connecticut judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the manufacturer and seller of the weapon used in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 can proceed.

Gun companies had sought to dismiss the lawsuit filed by nine victims’ families and a survivor, which names Remington Arms, maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle( model XM15-E2S),which gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults at the school in Newtown, Conn.

Thursday’s ruling is a victory for the survivors and families of shooting victims who filed the lawsuit. Previous efforts to hold gun manufacturers responsible for mass shootings had been blocked by Senate Republicans, who insisted that any gun safety measures would take away a gun owner’s right to bear arms.

Lawyers for the gun companies had pointed to a federal law that prevents certain lawsuits against gun makers when those guns are used in a crime. Those companies could still try to get the lawsuit thrown out based on the merits of the case.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that the law does not prevent lawyers for the families of Sandy Hook victims from arguing that the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians who don’t live in an enviroment to use it.

In December 2014, a lawsuit was initially filed in the state court of Connecticut, two years after the victims were gunned down at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn. It then went to a federal court before being shifted back to a state court last fall, in what’s seen as a possible advantage for the lawyers representing plaintiffs, who are acting on behalf of 10 victims. .

Now that the case has been cleared to move forward, the plaintiffs are seeking damages and an injunction against selling the AR-15 rifle. Both sides are due back in court on Tuesday.

Perhaps a more encouraging sign was the verdict reached in the Badger Gun case in Wisconsin last year.

In October, a jury found that Badger Guns, a firearm shop in suburban Milwaukee, broke federal law when it negligently sold a gun that was used to shoot and injure two officers to a “straw buyer”, someone who illegally purchases a weapon for someone else.

Lawyers for the shop invoked the protection statute, which was passed in 2005 and received forcible support from the NRA.

The controversial statute has been used to dismiss several lawsuits, including one brought earlier this year by the parents of one of the 12 victims of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting.

President Obama has fought for gun control laws that would prevent some people from getting weapons but has met with resistance from the National Rifle Association, the GOP and idiots in the media. It’s exciting that some states have decided that they’re mad as hell and won’t take the killings anymore without letting gun makers share the pain their product creates.

Now that the case has been cleared to move forward, the plaintiffs are seeking damages and an injunction against selling the AR-15 rifle. Both sides are due back in court on Tuesday.

Assault rifle used in Sandy Hook shooting

 

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