CT court to hear appeal in Newtown school shooting case

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

In total, 20 children and six educators were gunned down.

The killings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in CT - which claimed the lives of mostly children aged between six and seven in less than five minutes shortly before Christmas - shocked America and reignited the national debate about gun control.

But moves to even modestly tighten gun control laws floundered and a lawsuit brought by some families of the victims against the manufacturers of the semi-automatic gun used in the crime was thrown out by a judge previous year.

A lawyer for relatives of some Newtown school massacre victims has asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against gun maker Remington Arms, saying a rifle made by the company and used in the shooting was too unsafe to sell to the public.

Several Sandy Hook families took their case today against a gunmaker to Connecticut's highest court, saying Remington Arms is responsible for the massacre in Newtown.

According to police, Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR15 assault rifle five years ago when he killed 26 children and teachers.

U.S. corporations, argued the plaintiffs, have a duty to look out for public safety.

In dismissing the suit last October, a judge cited federal law protecting gun manufacturers from litigation if their products are used during a crime.

Remington's lawyer argued that federal law prohibits the lawsuit.

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