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Sandy Hook families settle $73 million with gun maker Remington – NBC Connecticut

The families of nine victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School have agreed to a $73 million settlement of a lawsuit against the maker of the gun used to kill 20 first graders and six educators in 2012.

Remington, which made the AR-15 Bushmaster-style rifle used in the massacre, also agreed to allow the families to release numerous documents they obtained during the trial, including those showing how it marketed the gun. weapon, the families said Tuesday.

The families and a survivor of the shooting sued Remington in 2015, claiming the company should never have sold such a dangerous weapon to the public. They said their goal was to prevent future mass shootings.

Messages seeking comment were left for attorneys in the case on Tuesday. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning with some of the plaintiffs.

The Connecticut civil court case focused on how the firearm used by the Newtown shooter – a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle – was marketed, alleging it targeted younger and older men. risk in marketing and product placement in violent video games. In one of Remington’s advertisements, it features the rifle on a plain background and the phrase: “Consider your man card reissued”.

Remington had argued that there was no evidence to establish that its marketing had anything to do with the shooting.

The company also said the lawsuit should have been dismissed because of a federal law that grants broad immunity to the gun industry. But the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Remington could be sued under state law over how it marketed the virus. The arms maker appealed to the US Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case.

The case was followed by gun control advocates, gun rights advocates and gun manufacturers across the country, as it had the potential to provide a roadmap for victims. more mass shootings to circumvent federal law and prosecute gun manufacturers.

Remington, one of the nation’s oldest firearms makers founded in 1816, filed for bankruptcy for a second time in 2020 and its assets were later sold to multiple companies. The manufacturer has been dogged by lawsuits and retail restrictions following the school shooting.

Lawyers for the families said there were limits on damages due to the bankruptcy and $73 million was all that was available in full insurance.

The 20-year-old shooter in the Sandy Hook shooting used the Remington-made rifle legally owned by his mother to kill children and educators on December 14, 2012, after killing his mother in their Newtown home. He then used a handgun to kill himself when police arrived.

His severe and deteriorating mental health issues, preoccupation with violence and his mother’s access to guns “proved a recipe for mass murder,” according to the Connecticut children’s advocate.