US Judge Rules Sandy Hook Victims Can Sue “Military-Style” Gun-Maker

In a somewhat stunning decision, SkyNews reports that a US judge has ruled that the families of victims in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School can sue the maker of the weapon used in the attack, arguing the Bushmaster rifle is a military weapon that should not have been sold to civilians.

As SkyNews reports,

Gun companies had sought to reject the negligence and wrongful death lawsuit filed two years after the attack by nine victims’ relatives and a survivor.

But Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said a 2005 federal law protecting gun-makers from lawsuits does not shield the companies from legal action in this case.

She ruled that lawyers for the victims’ families can still argue the semi-automatic rifle is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.

The legal action names Remington Arms, maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, model XM15-E2S, as well as the distributor and seller.

A lawyer for the families, Josh Koskoff, welcomed Thursday’s news that the lawsuit can proceed.

“We are thrilled that the gun companies’ motion to dismiss was denied,” he said.

“The families look forward to continuing their fight in court.”

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Average Joe
Average Joe
5 years ago

The judge must be removed from office for incompetence. The Second amendment and its implications were never about a “sporting purpose” unless such a purpose included the shooting of tyrants.

Rich
Rich
5 years ago

Connecticut officials tell gun owners to relinquish or destroy banned assault weapons -- 1,000,000 New York State patriots REFUSED to register their ‘Semi-Automatic’ weapons in 2014..

http://exposingmodernmugwumps.com/2015/07/21/conn-officials-tell-gun-owners-to-relinquish-or-destroy-banned-assault-weapons/

Hadenoughalready
Hadenoughalready
5 years ago

I’ll have to remember this the next time I cut myself shaving, get a rash from using motor oil on my dry elbows or get sick from drinking too much brandy. (sarc over)

They’re setting a bad precedent that’s going to fill the courts with so many trivial and idiotic lawsuits that it’ll overwhelm them. Serves them right!

As for the gun issue…if you have to shoot, SHOOT TO KILL. Dead people don’t testify!

Rich
Rich
5 years ago

Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’

(b) DEFINITION OF SEMIAUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPON- Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

`(30) The term `semiautomatic assault weapon’ means–

`(A) any of the firearms, or copies or duplicates of the firearms in any caliber, known as–

`(i) Norinco, Mitchell, and Poly Technologies Avtomat Kalashnikovs (all models);

`(ii) Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil;

`(iii) Beretta Ar70 (SC-70);

`(iv) Colt AR-15;

`(v) Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNC;

`(vi) SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9, and M-12;

`(vii) Steyr AUG;

`(viii) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9 and TEC-22; and

`(ix) revolving cylinder shotguns, such as (or similar to) the Street Sweeper and Striker 12;

`(B) a semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of–

`(i) a folding or telescoping stock;

`(ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;

`(iii) a bayonet mount;

`(iv) a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor; and

`(v) a grenade launcher;

`(C) a semiautomatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 2 of–

`(i) an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;

`(ii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;

`(iii) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned;

`(iv) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and

`(v) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm; and

`(D) a semiautomatic shotgun that has at least 2 of–

`(i) a folding or telescoping stock;

`(ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;

`(iii) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 5 rounds; and

`(iv) an ability to accept a detachable magazine.’.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/media-myths-on-assault-weapons-and-semiautomatic-firearms/article/2516156

Rich
Rich
5 years ago

censored….

Rich
Rich
5 years ago
Reply to  DRenegade

i hate when that happens

Hadenoughalready
Hadenoughalready
5 years ago

This happened to BNI not long ago. I don’t know how she corrected it but it caused several comments to be deflected into her trash bin. You may want to contact her for more info.