Newtown families blame Bushmaster in lawsuit for shooting

Updated: December 16, 2014
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.