State Court Narrowly Denies Reason and Law in Connecticut Gun Case

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to disregard clear Constitutional and federal restrictions against state action that destroys enumerated protected rights and that abrogates specific guarantees for legal commerce. Remington denied wrongdoing and insisted it can't be sued due to protections guaranteed by federal law. (submitted photo)

NBC – Gun maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The 4-3 decision reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit and overturned a lower court ruling that the lawsuit was prohibited by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from liability in cases when their products are used in crimes.

The plaintiffs include a survivor and relatives of nine people killed in the massacre. They argue the AR-15-style rifle used by shooter Adam Lanza is too dangerous for the public, and Remington glorified the weapon in marketing it to young people.

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