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Connecticut Supreme Court To Hear Sandy Hook Appeal

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the dismissal of a case brought against a gun maker by a survivor and the parents of nine victims of the Sandy Hook massacre.
The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the dismissal of a case brought against a gun maker by a survivor and the parents of nine victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Photo Credit: File

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Parents of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre will be allowed to appeal the dismissal of their case against the maker of the gun used to kill 20 children and six adults, according to the Hartford Courant.

A Bridgeport Superior Court judge recently tossed a lawsuit -- brought by a survivor and the families of nine who died in the 2012 Newtown tragedy -- against the company that made the AR-15 rifle used by the 20-year-old shooter, Adam Lanza, according to a report by the Hartford Courant.

The state Supreme Court Thursday decided to hear their appeal, the Hartford Courant story said.

Lanza fatally shot his mother, Nancy, at their Newtown home before driving to the school. Later, as authorities closed in, he killed himself.

The Sandy Hook shootings spurred a renewed nationwide debate about gun control that included calls for bans on the sales and manufacture of certain kinds of weapons and ammunition magazines.

The gun maker was identified in court documents as Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC aka Freedom Group Inc. aka Remington Outdoor Co. Inc.

According to the Hartford Courant, the lawsuit also names the gun's distributor, Camfour Holding LLP,  and the East Windsor gun shop where Lanza's mother purchased it.

The lawsuit claims that the makers of the weapon used by Lanza had violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act  by aggressively marketing a gun to the public it knew was meant for military use, the Hartford Courant reported.

The transfer of the case to the Supreme Court docket was confirmed Thursday by a spokesperson for the Connecticut Judicial Branch.

To read the Hartford Courant story, click here.

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