(WTNH)–Connecticut’s Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the family members of the Sandy Hook victims in their lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington Arms.
The family members want to sue the company for making the AR-15, the gun that was used to kill 20 children and six adults four years ago this December. A judge ruled to dismiss the lawsuit back in October.
Now, it will be in the hands of the state’s Supreme Court. Family members of nine victims and one survivor are arguing that the gun should not have been sold to the public, and that it was “aggressively and unethically” marketed, which would violate the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
“We are grateful that the Connecticut Supreme Court will hear our case immediately,” said Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. “Our goal is and always has been to help prevent the next Sandy Hook, and today is an important step in that direction.”
The Sandy Hook victims’ families argued in court that the AR-15 was designed as a military weapon. The gun can unleash 30 rounds in under 10 seconds and can penetrate body armor.
The court agreed with the families’ argument that the meaning of certain language in the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act should be interpreted by the state Supreme Court.
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