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Gun manufacturer offers $33 million to Sandy Hook families in settlement attempt

Seven years into a lawsuit against Bushmaster, a Remington company, the gun manufacturer has offered the plaintiffs $33 million, or $3.66 million each, in a settlement attempt.

In 2014, nine families of Sandy Hook victims filed a lawsuit against Remington Arms Co. LLC and Remington Outdoors Co. Inc., known together as Remington. The shooter in the Sandy Hook shooting, Adam Lanza, used a Remington Bushmaster XM-15 rifle. Since the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prevents gun manufacturers from being held responsible for mass shootings, the families chose to hold Remington responsible for its marketing practices that they believed may have encouraged violence.

In 2020, Remington filed for bankruptcy for the second time in two years. Therefore, the offer of $33 million must be approved first by a federal judge in Alabama, who is overseeing the bankruptcy case. The offer comes after a judge ruled that Remington could not dismiss the case.

The families’ lawyers said they will be considering the offer and under Connecticut law, they have 60 days to do so. In 2019, the gun manufacturer appealed to the state’s supreme court, who declined the case. Several weeks ago, the lawyers for the families reported that Remington had turned over tens of thousands of cartoons, GIFs, and videos.

The mass shooting took place on December 15, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 26 people lost their lives, including 20 first grade students and six teachers. Lanza had shot and killed his mother earlier that day in their home and killed himself after hearing the police sirens. The weapons were owned by his mother. Sandy Hook Elementary School has since been torn down and rebuilt. 

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: COURANT

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