BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Latest on a gun maker’s bid to get a Connecticut judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012 (all times local):
A Connecticut judge is deciding whether to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against a rifle maker over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
The judge heard arguments Monday on Freedom Group’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by families of some of the shooting victims, but she did not issue an immediate ruling.
Freedom Group is the Madison, North Carolina, parent company Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15 used in the 2012 shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six educators. The company says it’s protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
The victims’ families say they’re suing under an exception in the law. They call AR-15s lethal military weapons not designed for public use.
Lawyers for the company that made the rifle used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 are expected to ask a Connecticut judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by families of some of the massacre victims.
Freedom Group, the Madison, North Carolina, parent company of AR-15 maker Bushmaster Firearms, says it’s protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
A Bridgeport Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday afternoon.
The lawsuit by families of nine children and adults who died and a teacher who survived alleges the Bushmaster AR-15 is too dangerous to sell to the public. They say they’re suing under an exception to the 2015 law.