Gun maker seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Sandy Hook shooting
White roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are attached to a telephone pole near the school in Newtown, Conn. on Jan. 14, 2013. (AP / Jessica Hill)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, February 22, 2016 1:34AM EST
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Lawyers for the company that made the rifle used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 are expected to ask a Connecticut judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by families of some of the massacre victims.
Freedom Group, the Madison, North Carolina, parent company of AR-15 maker Bushmaster Firearms, says it's protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
A Bridgeport Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday afternoon.
The lawsuit by families of nine children and adults who died and a teacher who survived alleges the Bushmaster AR-15 is too dangerous to sell to the public. They say they're suing under an exception to the 2015 law.