A win for the Second Amendment.
The Newtown families’ wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the AR-15 Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre was dismissed by a judge, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
Connecticut State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis on Friday granted a motion by Remington Arms to strike the lawsuit by the families of nine children and adults killed and a teacher who survived the Dec. 14, 2012, school attack, in which a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle made by Remington.
The families were seeking to hold Remington accountable for selling what their lawyers called a semi-automatic rifle that is too dangerous for the public because it was designed as a military killing machine, reported The Associated Press. Their lawyer vowed an immediate appeal of Friday’s ruling.
The judge agreed with attorneys for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington that the lawsuit should be dismissed under the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 and shields gun makers from liability when their firearms are used in crimes.
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