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Gun industry lawsuit (re Sandy Hook shooting in USA)

In February 2014, relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting filed a lawsuit in the US against the gun manufacturer Bushmaster Firearms, the distributor Camfour Inc, and the East Windsor gun shop that sold the assault rifle. The plaintiffs argue that the way in which these companies sold and marketed the military-style weapon to the civilian market is a form of negligence that makes them liable for the wrongful deaths of the children killed during the shooting. The case is ongoing.

In February 2014, relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting filed a lawsuit in the US against Bushmaster Firearms, Camfour Inc, and the East Windsor gun shop.  In April 2016, a judge ruled that the case could proceed, rejecting the defendants' motions to dismiss. In October 2016, the Connecticut superior court dismissed the case based on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, ruling that the companies could not be held liable for harm caused solely by the criminal misuse of a weapon.

In March 2017, the victims' families filed a brief in the state Supreme Court seeking to reinstate their lawsuit against the gun manufacturer. In May 2017, the gun manufacturers asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to dismiss the case.  They argued that only the shop that sold the gun could face a negligent entrustment suit but that it would not be successful as the shop followed the law in selling the gun. In March 2019, the Connecticut Supreme Court revived the lawsuit, saying that the families could sue for wrongful marketing under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. In April 2019, Remington asked the US Supreme court to hear the case and decide if gun manufacturers should be held accountable for crimes committed with their products.

In March 2020, a Connecticut judge denied gunmaker Remington Outdoor Co’s request to access the Sandy Hook shooter’s psychological and medical records. The Court ruled these could not be disclosed due to laws protecting patient privacy. 

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