Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Newtown Families Against Gun Maker

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYOrk/AP) — A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Remington Arms, the maker of the semiautomatic rifle used by the shooter in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The families of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school and a teacher who survived the attack sued the parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis on Friday granted a motion by the Madison, North Carolina-based company to strike the lawsuit, citing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed by Congress in 2005 that protected gun makers from such lawsuits.

The families’ lawyers said their lawsuit was allowed under an exception to the act, but Bellis disagreed.

The case was heard in Bridgeport, where the company was once headquartered.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 26 first-graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, before turning the gun on himself. Lanza killed his mother before the school massacre.

Last year, more than a dozen victims’ families split $1.5 million under settlements of lawsuits filed against the estate of the gunman’s mother.

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One Comment

  1. Worthless, uninformative article.

  2. Rocky says:

    Good! A judge that rules based on the law, not on the hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth of crime victims! The people that filed this suit have suffered, there is not doubt. But the only person responsible for that suffering is the nut case that committed the crime! The gun maker and sellers had nothing to do with it, and should not be held accountable for the criminal misuse of a lawfully manufactured and sold (and non-defective) product.

  3. DCbound says:

    The killer was a liberal, so sue the DNC as it’s their agenda to make today’s liberals feel like victims and to lash out violently because they be owed. Most every gun crime in America is committted by a liberal. Guns don’t kill, liberals kill.

  4. Really bad Karma on these ‘suers.’ I’d hate to be in their shoes…the universe has a funny way with payback. Imagine seeking dollars after that entire event. YUCK!

    1. Doc_In_NJ says:


      Karma has no expiration date.

  5. The Facts says:

    Another frivolous lawsuit brought by vultures on behalf of the gun grabbers!

  6. weblog8 says:

    I hope they can’t appeal.

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