Sandy Hook victims' families to argue case in Connecticut Supreme Court

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Family members of the children and adults killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre asked Connecticut's highest court to revive their lawsuit against Remington Arms Co., the maker of the AR-15 assault weapon used in the attack.

A state Superior Court judge a year ago dismissed the suit, which was brought by relatives of nine people who were killed and one person who survived the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14, 2012.

Likewise, Koskoff told the CT court on Tuesday, Remington marketed its Bushmaster XM15-E2S directly at people like Adam Lanza - people whom the lawsuit describes as young men "obsessed with the military", specifically elite units like the Army Rangers, and "uninterested in hunting or target shooting" (italics in original).

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It is a somewhat novel legal argument the families hope will help them overcome a federal law enacted by U.S. Congress in 2005 to shield gun manufacturers from liability for how their products are used. But the Connecticut Supreme Court agreed to hear the case a week after the families filed their first appeal.

A lower court threw out their case a year ago.

20 children and six educators were killed in the shooting.

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The Sandy Hook families' case rests on whether the company negligently entrusts a buyer with a weapon, which is an exception to the federal law.

The families claim Remington and the other defendants "extolled the militaristic and assaultive qualities" of the AR-15, advertising the rifle as "mission-adaptable" and "the ultimate combat weapons system" in a deliberate pitch to a demographic of young men fascinated by the military.

"Remington may have never known Adam Lanza, but they had been courting him for years", Koskoff said.

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"The manufacturer and the sellers of the firearms used by the criminal that day are not legally responsible", Vogts said. "No matter how much we wished those children and teachers were still alive, the law needs to be applied", Vogts told justices.

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