Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit Heads To Connecticut Supreme Court

Sandy Hook Promise releases chilling PSA on gun violence prevention

The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of families whose wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre was dismissed.

In a statement, Nicole Hockley, who lost her 6-year-old son, Dylan, in the attack, said she and her family are "grateful that the Connecticut Supreme Court will hear our case immediately".

The Sandy Hook Promise group, a gun violence prevention organization set up in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, has released a powerful and insidiously clever PSA that will really make you think.

Adam Lanza shot his way into the Newtown school on December 14, 2012, and fired 154 bullets in about five minutes from a Bushmaster AR-15 killing 26 people, including 20 first-graders.

"We very much welcome the Court's swift action, particularly as these families approach the fourth painful anniversary of the shooting", Koskoff said. Family members of nine victims and one survivor are arguing that the gun should not have been sold to the public, and that it was "aggressively and unethically" marketed, which would violate the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. Fairfield District Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis refused to dismiss the suit two months later, and the trial originally was planned for April 2018. In their decision to hear the case, the Court accepted the families' argument that the meaning of certain language in CUTPA must be determined by the state Supreme Court, according to the attorneys' statement. The judge cited the the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed by Congress in 2005, saying it protects gun makers from such lawsuits.

Other defendants include the gun's distributor, and the gun shop where Adam Lanza's mother Nancy had bought the AR-15. Bellis wrote that the case also does not fit within the narrow exception that PLCAA provides.

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