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Sandy Hook Massacre: Gun Makers Lose Major Ruling Over Liability



The high posts posed by the case elicited a vigorous response from both sides which intensified after the recurrent episodes of mortal mass violence that followed the attack of Newtown.

Among those who pressured in support of the cause were armed violence prevention groups, emergency doctors who treated the patients injured by an assault rifle fire and a state association of school superintendents. [19659004] Many shipping groups raised their concerns, including the National Rifle Association, which claimed in its brief that permission to pursue the case was to "dissect" the legal protections of the arms companies.

Families had a glimmer of hope when a judge from the State Superior Court, Barbara N. Bellis, allowed the case to go to trial before she eventually turned it down. He discovered that the claims fell "directly into the broad immunity" provided by federal law.

In 2005, Congress passed the law on the legal trade in arms, which limits legal action against arms vendors and manufacturers by granting immunity to the detriment of industry when one of their products is used in a crime. The legislators behind the measure cited the need to foil what they described as a predatory and politically driven litigation.

The law allows exceptions for commercial and marketing practices that violate state or federal laws and instances of so-called negligent reliance, in which a gun is carelessly delivered or sold to a person who presents a high risk of abuse.

In the lawsuit, the families pushed to expand the scope to include the manufacturer, Remington, who was appointed along with a local wholesaler and retailer in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said that the companies were wrong to entrust an untrained civilian public with a weapon designed to maximize the fatality on the battlefield.

Lawyers pointed out the publicity – with messages of combat dominance and hyper-masculinity – that resonated with disturbed young people who could be induced to use the weapon to commit violence

"Remington may have never known Adam Lanza, but they had been courting him for years, "Joshua D. Koskoff, one of the lawyers representing the families, told the judges group during the oral discussions in the 2017 case. The weapon Lanza used was legally purchased from his mother, Nancy Lanza, who