(NEW YORK) – Remington Arms on Tuesday agreed to settle the liability claims of the families of five adults and four children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, according to a new court filing, marking the first time a gun maker was held responsible for a mass shooting in the United States
Remington has agreed to pay the families $73 million.
The settlement comes more than seven years after the families sued the maker of the Bushmaster XM15-E2S semi-automatic rifle that was used in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, was killed in the shooting, said in a statement: “My beautiful butterfly, Dylan, left because Remington prioritized his benefit over my son’s safety. . Marketing weapons of war directly to young people known to have a strong fascination with guns is reckless and, as too many families know, murderous behavior. Using marketing to convey that a person is more powerful or more masculine by using a particular type or brand of firearm is deeply irresponsible.
“I hope that by facing and ultimately being penalized for the impact of their work, gun companies, along with the insurance and banking industries that enable them, will be forced to give back. their business practices safer than they have ever been,” Hockley said. .
On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and, in the space of 264 seconds, fatally shot 20 first graders and six staff members.
The rifle used by Lanza was the Remington version of the AR-15 assault rifle, which is substantially similar to the standard M16 military service rifle used by the United States military and armed forces of other countries, but only fires in semi-automatic mode.
The families argued that Remington negligently gave civilian consumers an assault rifle that can only be used by military and law enforcement personnel and violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act by the illicit sale or marketing of the rifle.
Remington, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2020, had argued that all of the plaintiffs’ legal theories were prohibited under Connecticut law and one federal statute – the Lawful Trade Protection Act. weapons – which, with few exceptions, immunizes firearms manufacturers, distributors and dealers from civil liability for torts committed by third parties using their weapons.
Lenny Pozner and Véronique De La Rosa, whose son, Noah, was killed at Sandy Hook, said in a statement: “Our loss is irreversible and, in that sense, this outcome is neither redeeming nor restorative. One moment we had this dazzling and energetic 6-year-old, and the next we were left with echoes of the past, photographs of a lost boy who will never grow old, calendars marking a terrifying new birthday , a lonely grave, and pieces of Noah’s life stored in a backpack and boxes.
“Every day is a realization that it should be there, and it isn’t. What’s lost stays lost,” they said. “However, the resolution provides a measure of accountability in an industry that has so far operated with impunity. For that, we are grateful.
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