HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The families of some of the victims killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are trying to reinstate their wrongful-death lawsuit against the company that made the semiautomatic rifle used in the massacre.

Lawyers for a survivor and relatives of nine who died filed papers Tuesday asking the state Supreme Court to hear their appeal.

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“I’m bringing this appeal for our dead son,” said Ian Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “He never stood a chance because he stared down the barrel of a military grade weapon.”

A judge dismissed the lawsuit against Remington Arms in October, citing a federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.

Josh Koskoff, a lawyer for the families, says the state Supreme Court can take cases of great public importance.

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“The issues raised in this case are obviously very important and are of great public interest as well,” Koskoff said.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Remington-made rifle. The lawsuit says the Madison, North Carolina-based company should not have sold such a dangerous weapon to the public.

Remington‘s lawyers dispute the allegations and expect the appeal to be dismissed. Remington Outdoor Co. was previously known as Freedom Group.

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