US Supreme Court takes up gun­maker li­a­bil­ity case

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HARTFO RD: With both gun rights sup­port­ers and gun con­trol ad­vo­cates na­tion­wide look­ing on, lawyers for New­town fam­i­lies and gun maker Rem­ing­ton Arms are set to face off be­fore the Con­necti­cut Supreme Court to ar­gue whether the com­pany should be held li­able for the Sandy Hook El­e­men­tary School mas­sacre.

Gun­man Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six ed­u­ca­tors on Dec 14, 2012, with a Bush­mas­ter AR-15-style ri­fle, the same type of firearm used in other mass shoot­ings in­clud­ing at a church in Suther­land Springs, Texas, ear­lier this month.

Lanza also fatally shot his mother at their New­town home and killed him­self as po­lice ar­rived at the school.

Lawyers for a sur­vivor and rel­a­tives of nine peo­ple killed in New­town sued Bush­mas­ter maker Rem­ing­ton, say­ing such a danger­ous weapon ini­tially de­signed for the mil­i­tary should have never been mar­keted and sold to the pub­lic.

The Madi­son, North Carolin­abased com­pany coun­ters that the ri­fles are le­gal and the law­suit is not al­lowed un­der fed­eral law.

A lower Con­necti­cut court judge agreed with Rem­ing­ton and dis­missed the law­suit in Oc­to­ber 2016, cit­ing the 2005 fed­eral Pro­tec­tion of Law­ful Com­merce in Arms Act that shields gun mak­ers in most cases from li­a­bil­ity over crim­i­nal use of their prod­ucts.

The rul­ing led to yes­ter­day’s state Supreme Court ap­peal. — AP

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