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Judge dismisses lawsuit by Newtown families against Remington Arms

A Connecticut judge has dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit by families of some Sandy Hook School shooting victims against rifle maker Remington Arms.


The families of nine children and adults killed, and a teacher who survived, claims that Remington knew the AR-15-style rifle was dangerous and meant for the military but sold it to the public anyway and should be held accountable. 


Remington Arms is the parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting.  Their lawyers argue the lawsuit is barred by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.


The families' lawyers said their lawsuit was allowed under an exception to the act


Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis disagreed.


The trial was not slated to start until 2018.  The judge initially wrote in her decision that she would hear Remington's argument for dismissal in December 2017.


A lawyer representing the families says they will appeal the judge's dismissal of the lawsuit.  Attorney Josh Koskoff says the families are disappointed by the decision, but it is ``not the end of the fight.'' He says an appeal of the decision will be filed immediately.

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