Sandy Hook school shooting victims families sue assault rifle manufacturer

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Contributor

Bridgeport, CT, United States (4E) – Families of nine of 26 people killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 have sued the manufacturer, distributor and retailer of a rifle used by the gunman in the massacre.

Sued on Monday before the Superior Court in Bridgeport were Bushmaster Firearms International, maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza , 20, in shooting 20 first-graders and six teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. The other defendants are firearm distributor Camfour and gun store Riverview Gun Sales, where the mother of Lanza bought the AR-15 rifle in 2010.

Among the plaintiffs is Bill Sherlach , whose wife was killed in the shooting. Also suing are the families of victims Vicki Soto, Dylan Hockley , Noah Pozner , Lauren Rousseau, Benjamin Wheeler, Jesse Lewis, Daniel Barden, Rachel D’Avino and Natalie Hammond, who was injured in the attack.

The wrongful death lawsuit claims that the manufacturer is also responsible for the mass killing for selling to the public a military assault weapon designed for war.

“The weapon was not designed for home defense or hunting. This weapon was designed to efficiently kill other human beings in combat,” said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Josh Koskoff of Koskoff , Koskoff & Beider of Bridgeport, according to the Hartford Courant.

The lawsuit is using the negligent entrustment exemption to the 2005 federal law that protects gun companies. The exemption holds a party liable for entrusting a product to another party wh… MORE

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