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Judge dismisses Sandy Hook lawsuit against Remington

Friday, October 14, 2016 14:16
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A state judge dismissed the lawsuit against Remington Arms by the families of those killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Judge Barbara Bellis cited the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in her dismissal of the plaintiffs’ negligent entrustment argument, according to the order filed Friday.

“The present case seeks damages for harms, including the deaths of plaintiffs’ decedents, that were caused solely by the criminal misuse of a weapon by Adam Lanza,” the order says. “Accordingly, this action falls squarely within the broad immunity provided by PLCAA.”

PLCAA, which was signed into law in 2005 by President Bush, shields gun makers and retailers from liability lawsuits if their products are used to commit a crime. However, they’re still open to litigation under certain circumstances such as negligence, according to an analysis of the law.

Nine Sandy Hook families argued Remington, headquartered in North Carolina, acted negligently by marketing and selling military-style weapons to untrained civilian buyers. They filed suit in on the two-year anniversary of the shooting.

In December 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and murdered 20 first-graders and six educators with a AR rifle made by Bushmaster Firearms, a company owned by Remington.

Article updated at 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 14, 2016

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