A divided Connecticut Crowning Court has ruled gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 issues and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
Justices issued a 4-3 ruling that reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit and overturned a lower-court mastery that the lawsuit was prohibited by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from liability in most cases when their issues are used in crimes.
The plaintiffs include a survivor and relatives of nine people killed in the massacre. They argue the AR-15-style loot used by shooter Adam Lanza is too dangerous for the public and that Remington glorified the weapon in marketing it to young people.
Remington has refuted wrongdoing and previously insisted it can’t be sued under the federal law.