Judge Rules Lawsuit Against Gun Maker Can Move Forward

Sandy Hook families have filed suit against Remington Arms, maker of gun used in school attack.

Despite a federal law protecting gun makers from lawsuits, a Connecticut superior court judge denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit today, saying the Sandy Hook families can still argue their case that the Bushmaster rifle used in the attack is too dangerous to be sold to the public.  

Bushmaster AR-15

Bushmaster AR-15

The lawsuit accuses the Remington Arms Co. and other defendants of negligently selling to civilians a weapon the plaintiffs claim is suitable only for the military and law enforcement. At a hearing in February, Bridgeport lawyer Josh Koskoff argued against dismissing the case, saying the lawsuit’s claim of “negligent entrustment” is an exception to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Attorneys say Thursday’s ruling could prove a significant victory for the plaintiffs if, in the meantime, the judge permits them to begin the process of “discovery,” enabling them to demand internal documents or depose gun industry officials.

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