WASHINGTON (AP) – The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a survivor and relatives of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School can sue the manufacturer of the weapon used to kill 26 people.
The judges rejected the Remington Arms company’s argument that it is protected by a 2005 law that dismisses most lawsuits against gun manufacturers when their products are used to commit crimes.
Supporters of both arms control and the right to carry them and manufacturers throughout the country closely follow the trial that could serve as a precedent for other cases of killings by allowing victims to sue manufacturers despite federal law.RELATED
The survivor and relatives of nine of the victims of the massacre at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, initiated the lawsuit in a state court in Connecticut.
According to the lawsuit, the company based in Madison, North Carolina, should not offer the public a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. With it, Adam Lanza massacred 20 first graders and six teachers. It also claims that Remington offers its product in violent video games aimed primarily at young men. Lanza was 20 years old at the time of the massacre.
"Families thank the Supreme Court for relying on precedents and rejecting Remington's attempt to evade accountability," said Joshua Koskoff, a lawyer for Sandy Hook's families.
“We are prepared to resume the search for evidence and move towards the trial to shed light on Remington's strategy, driven by the greed for profits, to expand the AR-15 market and seduce high-risk users at the expense of security. of the Americans, ”he added.
Statements were requested from Remington Arms's lawyer.
Before perpetrating the killing, Lanza killed his mother at his home in Newtown. He committed suicide when the police arrived at the school. The rifle legally belonged to his mother.