Gun makers urge judge to toss Sandy Hook lawsuit

Bridgeport, Connecticut (CNN)As a national debate rages over AR-15-style rifles, an attorney representing the families of Sandy Hook victims killed by one of those guns implored a court on Monday to let their lawsuit against the manufacturer move forward.

“How many massacres until somebody says it’s not worth it anymore?” asked the families’ attorney, Josh Koskoff.


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If the victims’ families are victorious, it would be both a legal and cultural landmark. And it comes barely a week after a gunman armed with a similar semiautomatic weapon gunned down 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando.
“As I heard the news about Orlando [I felt] sadness, grief, disgust…No one should ever be put in that position,” said Matthew Soto, whose sister Victoria Soto was a Sandy Hook teacher.
Adam Lanza was armed with a Bushmaster XM-15 on December 14, 2012, when he killed six adults and 20 children, ages 6 and 7, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.
“A weapon that was designed to be used in combat and to kill enemies in war…was lying not on a battlefield but on the floor of Vicki Soto’s classroom,” Koskoff said. “How did it get there?”


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The families are asking for unspecified damages. When reporters have challenged the families’ attorneys to be more specific about what they want, they’ve repeatedly said their clients want accountability.
Koskoff stressed that it’s not the goal of the suit to “ban anything.”
“That is the lawmakers’ role,” he said.
If the suit goes forward and the Sandy Hook families win, it would be a hit on the companies’ bottom lines, Koskoff said, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will make changes.
Judge Bellis is currently weighing both arguments and could rule at any time.

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