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Lawsuit Claims AR-15 Advertisements Caused Sandy Hook Shooting

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Victims of the Sandy Hook massacre argued a lawsuit Tuesday blaming gun manufacturers and AR-15 advertisements for causing the 2012 shooting.

The Connecticut Superior Court dismissed the same lawsuit last year, but a group has now appealed the case to state Supreme Court, NBC News reported. The case centers on the allegation that shooter Adam Lanza wrongfully possessed an AR-15 when he used his mother’s weapon to kill 20 schoolchildren and six adults in December 2012. Attorneys also claimed that Remington’s AR-15 marketing instigated Lanza’s choice to use the weapon.

“Remington may have never known Adam Lanza but they had been courting him for years,” Attorney Josh Koskoff said. “It wasn’t just that Remington marketed the weapon looking for people with characteristics of Adam Lanza but that Adam Lanza heard the message. He idolized the military and wanted to be an Army Ranger and Remington marketed the AR-15 as the weapon used by the Army Rangers.”

A Superior Court judge dismissed the case last year, ruling that the allegations fall well within gun manufacturers’ and dealers’ broad immunity laid out in the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). The lawsuit also accuses the local gun store of negligent entrustment for originally selling the AR-15 to Nancy Lanza.

Remington attorney James Vogts is asking the court to dismiss the case yet again, and derided the plaintiffs’ accusation that Remington’s advertisements were responsible for the shooting.

“There is no need for a legal re-examination of the law. Under the law, the manufacturer of the gun used by the criminal that day isn’t responsible legally for his actions,” Vogts claimed. “The plaintiffs haven’t explained how advertisements fit into the issue of negligent entrustment. There is no case law on advertising being declared a cause of death.”

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