Supreme Court Lets Sandy Hook Shooting Lawsuit Go Forward

Associated Press
November 12, 2019 - 3:43 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is letting a lawsuit proceed against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
 
The justices rejected an appeal Tuesday from Remington Arms that argued a 2005 federal law shields firearms manufacturers from most lawsuits when their products are used in crimes. 
 
The court's order allows a survivor and relatives of nine victims who died at the Connecticut school in 2012 to pursue their claims.
 
The lawsuit says the Madison, North Carolina-based company should never have sold a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six educators in Newtown. It also alleges Remington targeted younger, at-risk males in marketing and product placement in violent video games.
 
The National Rifle Association was among those urging the court to jump into the case and end the lawsuit against Remington.

Parents of some of the children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting say they're glad to get their day in court against the maker of the rifle used in the massacre.
 
Neil Heslin's son, Jesse Lewis, was one of the children killed. He says he supports gun rights but believes Remington should be held responsible for how it marketed the rifle.

Josh Koskof, a lawyer for the families, says the court's decision puts gun manufacturers on notice. 

"But more importantly,  I think it provides some measure of value to public safety because we need this industry to be part of the solution at long last and not continue to engage in the conduct that leads to the type of politics on public safety. We need them to be part of the solution," he told WCBS 880's Marla Diamond.

A leading gun industry group says it believes the U.S. Supreme Court should have reviewed and dismissed the lawsuit.
 
The National Shooting Sports Foundation says it's disappointed that justices allowed the lawsuit against Remington Arms to move forward in a Connecticut court but is confident the company will prevail at trial.
 
The National Shooting Sports Foundation says the school shooter, Adam Lanza, was solely responsible.

WCBS880.com contributed to this report.

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