10 Sandy Hook families sue gun manufacturer

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Adam Lanza used this Bushmaster AR-15, model XM15-E2S, to kill students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.From CNN Courtesy Connecticut State Police.

Adam Lanza used this Bushmaster AR-15, model XM15-E2S, to kill students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.From CNN Courtesy Connecticut State Police.

NEW YORK — Parents of 9 children killed at mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, along with one teacher who survived, are suing the businesses behind the Bushmaster rifle, which was used in the family massacre.

The lawsuit was filed one day after the second anniversary of the killings.

Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, the law firm that is representing the families, announced Monday that it has filed suit against Camfour, a gun distributor, and Riverview Gun Sales, as well as the Freedom Group, the company that owns Bushmaster.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn., pointed out that the numerous lives were lost in just 264 seconds and was possible because of the shooter’s weapon of choice: The Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.

The rifle, which was used to kill 20 first-grade students and six adults in Newtown on December 14, 2012, should not have been entrusted to the general public because it is a military assault weapon that is unsuited for civilian use, according to the lawsuit.

“The AR-15 rifle, designed as a lightweight but fearsome combat weapon for troops in Vietnam, can expel 30 bullets in a matter of seconds, each of which is capable of piercing body armor and causing catastrophic injury,” the suit claims.

“It has no place among Americans’ handguns and hunting rifles.”

Adam Lanza, the killer, was mentally unstable and used his mother’s Bushmaster to kill her before he went on the rampage at the school, and then killed himself.

“The risk of a mentally unstable individual gaining access to an assault rifle and unleashing its military firepower on innocent civilians is not theoretical for Bushmaster. It’s a fact,” said Katie Mesner-Hage, of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, in the press release.

The law firm said the Bushmaster used in the Sandy Hook killings was purchased at Riverview, in East Windsor, in 2010.

The owner of Riverview was not immediately available to comment and phone messages to the Freedom Group and Camfour were not immediately returned. The Riverview web site currently lists the Bushmaster, and other assault rifles, for sale.

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21 comments

  • Bobbi Jo Brooks

    OMG are you serious? Yes that gun had the ill intent to go out there and shoot those kids. It loaded itself, took itself to the school and shot all those kids. WAKE UP!!! GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE!! PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!!! The gun and the gun maker are NOT responsible for the acts of a criminal. I understand being angry and hurt but this gun maker is NOT at fault. I hope you lose.

    • Billyorights

      Strange thing is, and A.R. 15 was not used in the killings. Hand guns were used in the killings as a matter of fact there was a gun found in the trunk of the car and it wasn’t an AR 15, it was a shotgun

    • terry

      this is not what the lawsuit is claiming…after reading the article, it seems the lawsuit calling out the gun manufacturers lack of judgement, in regards to what they make available to the public and what they make for military combat. just like people calling out McDonalds for burning themselves with hot coffee. sure people want hot coffee, but how hot is dangerous…

      • william Tipton

        And just how fast is hat for a car …it’s irrelevant…a propane canister can be used to kill lots of people as can a pressure cooker…intent is all that matters and there was no intent to commit murder by the gun company

    • Chrystee

      I agree! I feel for the loss but really its not the guns fault, it doesn’t have a heart beat, people blaming objects for their loss is what is wrong with our world. Forget holding the people responsible. lets just blame the object that caused the pain. people need to be coddled, its never their fault. Nooooo lets not hold anyone responsible for THIER ACTIONS.

  • Barry

    I myself am a Father of three and I couldn’t even imagine losing one of my children like these Parents have had to deal with in this massacre, but to blame a gun manufacturing industry that it’s their fault is absurd to say the least. My prayers go out to all that lost loved one’s in this heinous act but it isn’t the gun manufacture’s fault period!!!

  • Kari

    This is ridiculous. Then car manufacturers shouldn’t build cars that can go 120-140 MPH because no road is america allows that kind of speed. Are you kidding me with this? Anyone will sue anyone to get money and this is ridiculous. It was the person shooting the gun, not the manufacturer. Get a grip people.

  • Don

    All the rounds expended were actually .223 except the last shot, Lanza killed himself with a handgun. But how many untruths can you fit into one statement? The AR was NOT made for military use! Given commercially available ammunition the .223 or 5.56 if you like, will NOT NORMALLY penetrate body armor (not that anybody in that school had any!) It is NOT an assault rifle, and the rate of fire Lanza acheived (around 35 rounds per minute if you believe their 264 seconds) I can easily do with a large sack of loaded revolvers, or for that matter a cheap lever gun with a tubular magazine. He brought ten 30 round magazines, used seven of them, and four of those had ten or more unfired rounds remaining in them, probably had failures and rather than clearing the weapon, changed magazines.

    Hopefully the judge in the case is a hunter or at least has or will gain some gun knowledge and will dismiss this ludicrous case forthwith.

  • Cindi

    Oh sure. And if a mass shooter drives a Ford to the crime scene, sue Ford too. It’s the new American money-grab “entitlement” culture that we have now.

  • pete1427

    The concept of a law suit against a gun manufacturer for these deaths is
    a bit like suing a car manufacturer because a drunk got behind the wheel
    of one of their vehicle and killed others. In both cases it was the fault of
    the person in control of the item manufactured, not the manufactured
    item itself.

  • william Tipton

    cars take for times the unwilling victims as guns do every year yet none of these maggots are suing Ford or gm.
    Texting is the biggest killer of teens now and none of these pukes are suing Samsung

  • william Tipton

    This is just another Bloomberg joke trying to bankrupt gun makers
    Bloomjoke will keep pushing and the hilarious part is that the voters will connect HIS anti gun activism with democrats at the polls in 2016 elections
    Democrats had better distance themselves from anti gun nuts as best they can the next two years if they want any chance of regaining the house or Senate

  • Don

    First what happened at Sandy Hook was unfortunate and sad. However, I do not see for one second the value in suing the gun manufacturer is going to do, except make some attorney wealthy. This is analogous to the Las Vegas Strip victims suing General Motors, because Ms. Holloway used an Oldsmobile to run them down, and why we are at it, lets also sue the U.S. Government, because they bailed out GM. The level of insanity and denial in this country has gotten out of hand. We need to lay the blame at the real culprit, Adam Lanza and stop denying that culturally we have changed as a country. I was raised around weapons, from the time I could walk, as were my boys, and the thought of shooting someone never crossed my mind. We knew what the purpose of a weapon was, and it was not to shoot people; unless they were breaking into our home. Sandy Hook parents, work to change the culture of this society, and not the gun laws.