Connecticut Supreme Court hears arguments in Newtown shooting case

Connecticut Supreme Court hears arguments in Newtown shooting case

A lawyer for families who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting told Connecticut's highest court on Tuesday (local time) that Remington Outdoor Co should be held responsible because its military-themed marketing was created to appeal to young men like killer Adam Lanza.

Remington's lawyer, James Vogts, told the CT court that the families' claims, first filed in 2014, are barred by the 2005 law. He says Remington "knew exactly what they were doing" with its marketing strategies. Ian Hockley, who lost his 6-year-old son, Dylan, in the shooting, told reporters after the proceeding that families were "running out of patience" over the gun maker's ability to escape liability.

"Soldiers go through more than 100 hours of extensive training and they're carefully screened for mental illness before being issued the weapon", he said.

"The manufacturer of the Bushmaster takes no such precautions when unleashing their product in the civilian market", Hockley said, according to Bloomberg.

In a brief submitted to the Connecticut Supreme Court, attorneys representing 10 Sandy Hook families contend that in order to boost sales, gun manufacturer Remington targeted a "younger demographic" by "linking the AR-15 to macho vigilantism and military-style insurrection". "And the courtship between Remington and Adam Lanza is at the heart if this case".

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Newtown, Connecticut school, before turning the gun on himself.

Attorney for Remington Arms James Vogts argues before the state Supreme Court in Hartford Conn. Tuesday
Attorney for Remington Arms James Vogts argues before the state Supreme Court in Hartford Conn. Tuesday

The company's lawyer, James Vogts, argued otherwise. "Remington had no opportunity to assess Nancy Lanza".

But James Vogts, an attorney for Remington, argued that the 2005 law is clear: Manufacturers and sellers aren't liable when their weapons work the way they're created to work.

The Sandy Hook suit cites a 1977 case, Moning v. Alfono, in which the Michigan Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the company that made high-speed slingshots.

But Josh Koskoff, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said he's hopeful the case will get reinstated and ultimately end up before a jury.

"But we have not lost one ounce of confidence in the validity of our case", he said. This story was first published by WNPR. We want to see the degree to which they were deliberately trying to ring the bells of users with the characteristics of an Adam Lanza. "They were ringing bells of a combat weapon".

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