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Court rules gun-maker Remington can be sued over Newtown shooting

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  • A divided Connecticut Supreme Court rules 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.
  • Justices issue a 4-3 ruling that reinstates a wrongful-death lawsuit and overturns a lower-court ruling that the lawsuit was prohibited by a 2005 federal law.
A customer tries out a Remington 1911 equipped with a silencer at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Va.
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A divided Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled 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.

Justices issued a 4-3 ruling that 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 most cases when their products are used in crimes.

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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 that Remington glorified the weapon in marketing it to young people.

Remington has denied wrongdoing and previously insisted it can't be sued under the federal law.

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