BREAKING: Parents of Sandy Hook Victims Officially File Lawsuit Against Bushmaster
Last week we reported that numerous families of Sandy Hook victims had taken the first steps required to sue Bushmaster, the maker of the rifle used in the attack on Sandy Hook by Adam Lanza.
This morning a wrongful-death lawsuit was officially filed against several defendants.
According to Reuters:
The suit named gunmaker Bushmaster, a distributor and the local retailer that sold the weapon used by 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza to kill 20 first-graders and six educators in a Dec. 14, 2012, attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Families of nine victims and a 10th person who was wounded filed the suit in state court, the Courant reported.
According to The Courant:
“The AR-15 was specifically engineered for the U.S. military to meet the needs of changing warfare,” said Josh Koskoff of Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider of Bridgeport. “The weapon was not designed for home defense or hunting. This weapon was designed to efficiently kill other human beings in combat.”
It would seem that Bushmaster should be protected from the lawsuit by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. According to the Wikipedia summary on the act:
In the years before passage of the act, victims of firearms violence in the United States had successfully sued manufacturers and dealers for negligence on the grounds that they should have foreseen that their products would be diverted to criminal use. The purpose of the act is to prevent firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable for negligence when crimes have been committed with their products. However, both manufacturers and dealers can still be held liable for damages resulting from defective products, breach of contract, criminal misconduct, and other actions for which they are directly responsible in much the same manner that any U.S. based manufacturer of consumer products (i.e. automobiles, appliances, power tools, etc.) are held responsible.
Many conspiracy theorists have said that an AR-15 was never used in the attack and it was found in Lanza’s car. However, the firearm found in Lanza’s car was a converted Saiga 12 shotgun as you can see in the video below. Notice the side charging handle typical of the Saiga’s AK style action. The claims that an AR-15 style rifle were never used stem from an incorrect news report aired early on the day of the shooting.
Evidence photos clearly show a Bushmaster XM-15 rifle inside the school: