Newtown Families Seek to Hold Gun Maker Accountable in Connecticut Court

by Tina Bellon
November 15, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) – A lawyer for families who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting told Connecticut’s highest court on Tuesday that Remington Outdoor Co [FREDM.UL] should be held responsible because its military-themed marketing was designed to appeal to young men like killer Adam Lanza.

“They knew they were hitting their mark and Lanza was responding to their marketing,” said lawyer Joshua Koskoff

Lanza, 20, used a Remington AR-15 Bushmaster rifle, a semi-automatic civilian version of the U.S. military’s M-16, to kill 20 school children between the ages of 6 and 7, as well as six adult staff members, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. He then killed himself.

Following the conclusion Tuesday’s arguments, the Connecticut Supreme Court will now decide whether the families of nine of the victims and one survivor can proceed with a trial seeking to hold Remington, along with a gun wholesaler and local retailer, responsible for the carnage based on its marketing.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child, but this is not the answer. How in the manufacturer responsible for the use of these guns when they we not obtained legally? Lanza murdered his own mother to obtain the weapons used Last I checked, murdering some one to obtain their possessions is against the law, even in CT. Where will this stop? Why not hold Ford responsible for the use of one of their vehicles used in NYC to run people down? Why not hold Home Depot responsible, as they owned the truck? What about holding Boeing responsible for 9/11 as they make their aircraft so attractive to terrorists? The families are being used by people trying to make a political statement on the backs of dead children, and it is disgusting.

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