In a first-of-its-kind legal outcome, Remington Arms, the company that manufactured the weapon used in the mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, will pay out a liability settlement to the families of victims.
According to ABC, the families accuse the gun manufacturer of violating the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act by creating a rifle suitable only for military purposes, and marketing it to civilian buyers. Rather than address the merits of that claim, Remington had argued that this wasn’t a legally admissible argument, since federal law currently protects gun manufacturers and dealers from litigation over crimes committed using their products.
However, after initially offering a settlement last year, Remington then subpoenaed school records of the children killed in the Sandy Hook mass murder, NBC reports, moving attorneys to block them by having those records sealed. It never did become clear what the weapon manufacturer hoped to gain in their legal case by procuring elementary-school academic records of innocent victims.
Now, court documents suddenly show that the parties involved — families of victims, one survivor of the shooting, and of course, Remington — have reached an agreement, and while the dollar amount and any other provisions of the agreement have not been made public, it reportedly involves Remington accepting liability and settling financially.
The shooting took place in 2012, when Adam Lanza, age 20, first killed his mother, then entered the school and killed 20 young children, and six staff members, then took his own life before law enforcement could reach him.
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