Newtown families blame Bushmaster in lawsuit for shooting

Newtown families blame Bushmaster in lawsuit for shooting

Ten families of Sandy Hook victims filed a civil lawsuit Monday and announced they’re going after the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the murders.

“The AR-15 was specifically engineered for the United States military to meet the needs of changing warfare,” attorney Josh Koskoff said in a release. “In fact, one of the Army’s specifications for the AR-15 was that it has the capability to penetrate a steel helmet.”

The lawsuit also names Camfour, a firearm seller, and Riverview Gun Sales, the East Windsor gun store where Nancy Lanza, the gunman’s mother and a victim in the incident, bought the Bushmaster gun in 2010.
Bill Sherlach, who lost his wife, Mary, in the shooting, said he thinks the Second Amendment is important, but that gun manufacturers should be accountable for “standard business practices” when it comes to making and selling a product.

“These companies assume no responsibility for marketing and selling a product to the general population who are not trained to use it nor even understand the power of it,” he said.

Probate records show that half of the first-graders killed in the shooting had estates set up for them, a move that is required to file such lawsuits. According to a court clerk, most of the parents indicated on the forms that they’d be filing wrongful death actions, NBC Connecticut reported.

Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, killed his mother on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, before killing 20 children and six teachers with a semi-automatic rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He later committed suicide as police were coming for him.

  • dotherightthink

    I guess every manufacturer of a product that can be used to kill someone better gear up for lawsuits now. GM, IBM, GE, etc..because god forbid someone holds the user liable.

    • David Havener

      I agree. The guy was psychotic. It didn’t matter that he used an AR-15. Heck, you could buy a semi-automatic sniper rifle chambered for .30-06 or higher that would load a 10 round magazine. Their lawsuit is ridiculous because there are much more powerful guns out there that are just as available. The AR-15 is just the most popular rifle, which is probably why his mother bought it, and so they’re going after the manufacturer to get money. That’s all this is.

      • Peatro Giorgio

        The Ar-15 is not the M-16, And a 357 magnum pistol round will penetrate the same steel helmet, it just requires a closer range to do so. Therefore ever claim the attorney is using is bogus bullshit.

  • james005

    This is ridicules!!!! That’s like blaming Ticonderoga for liability because a news reporter committed defamation of character against you. I hope Bushmaster doesn’t settle like they did in 2004 I think it was. It was the gun MAN”S fault not the inanimate object’s or the make of said object’s fault that someone lived with a person that was mentally unstable and allowed them to posses the combination to the gun safe or gun cabinet(which ever one they had). If anything blame the gun owner and the school for not having sufficient security i.e. security glass with metal grid built in and a door alarm installed on the EMERGENCY EXIT to alert them of the door being opened.

  • EndOfPatience

    SO, I guess this means if someone is killed by a drunk driver, the family can sue Ford, GM, Honda, whoever manufactured the car?

    I hope Bushmaster counter sues for every penny and goes for disbarment of the attorneys.

  • steve wieters

    Just another sad excuse to bring up guns. Don’t blame the sick bastard that did the evil crime,blame the folks that made the gun or blame the gun itself. This is another radical ploy that won’t work.

  • Peatro Giorgio

    Anyone ever wonder why it is the reaction to the murders of children is nearly always blamed on the fire arm. When the murders have taken place in progressive la la Land. The answer lays with the area residents them selves. It has to do with the whole mentality of everyone is a victim; even the perpetrators, They won’t except the fact that it is their mentality that has led to the mass murders. In there schools ,stores, theaters an on their streets.
    While every other state and village; enforces the rights of its citizens to keep and bare arms. The evidence is in ; quite clearly it is those places that make every effort to strip its citizens of their rights to self defense. In the fake ass name of civilization Or better yet an enlightened people. Were murder’s, rapes, assaults home invasions are common place. Now these same people will sue the only ones supporting their Rights of LIFE Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness. Talk about unenlightened; My only question to these folks is . If you where so dam intelligent. Why the hell are you still living in the progressive land of no civil rights. Why are you still raising children where this will occur again.? No matter how much or how many gun control laws your slave masters pass into law . Are you really that ca-louse, cold, indifferent Or just plain old stupid. Why aren’t you suing your states government for stripping you and your fellow residents of your rights of self defense? The right of your children to be educated in a safe and friendly environment.

  • NiceHarley

    I guess there are some lawyers out there that would take a suit on people that are killed with baseball bats, cars, etc.. This is a bogus lawsuit. The idiot that did the shooting would have used anything he could find. I hope that Bushmaster counter sues and wins for a defamation suit. It was not their fault for what the idiot did.

  • Matthew Walters

    These people are sickening trying to exploit the deaths of these children to make a dollar.

  • TJ McNamara

    Assault is an action. Not a firearm, nor any other inanimate object. They don’t run around by themselves causing harm. Go after the doctors who over-medicate these unstable people.

  • hh

    @gunfondlers
    You know what’s sick and ridiculous…selling a military grade weapon to the general public, like it’s a freakin’ toy.
    It’s time to stop handing out weapons like they’re candy and ammunition like they’re bags of Skittles.

    • dotherightthink

      Wow…I am taken aback by your pure stupidity. Who handed anything out? Military grade?…Its not fully automatic, it has a different grade barrel, trigger group, bolt and carrier, but what you have demonstrated is a complete lack of comprehension that the individuals who kill with weapons would do so with a shotgun, knife, pistol, bat or whatever they have access to. Any rational person knows these aren’t toys, but your cranial rectosis is too prevalent to even comprehend this. I’m sure you would have been severely disappointed if he had only used a shotgun like the Denver theatre shooter.

      • hh

        I take it you didn’t appreciate the gun fondler reference and are unfamiliar with hyperbole?
        And honestly, I could give two $hits about barrel grades, trigger groups, bolts and carriers. Our society would be better off without any of them. Now, go get a real hobby and attempt to help the rest of us rational people find a solution to our national gun sickness.

  • Michael Lindsay

    Back in 2005 President Bush sign the gun protection law “To
    prohibit causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and
    importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for
    the harm caused solely by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products
    or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and
    intended.” There are some narrow exceptions for which liability is
    allowed, such as actions against transfers of firearms who knew the firearm would
    be used in drug trafficking or a violent crime by a party directly harmed by
    that conduct.

    So the law suit is a waste of time

    • steve wieters

      Good for you Mike. I would mot have thought of using that from Pres. Bush.