"Today's decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court, I think we would all say, was a long time in coming. And it marks a turning point in what has been a nearly five-year long legal battle waged by 10 very courageous families who were drafted on the day of Sandy Hook - on the Sandy Hook shooting into a club that nobody would ever volunteer for."
"You can't engage in reckless marketing that does nothing to address a problem but only contributes to it -- to it. They have said today that the gun industry may bear certain responsibilities to provide a solution to this epidemic that we have."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Hockley, Son Dylan killed at Sandy Hook:
"I can't say I'm excited by this ruling, I wish it was never here but what we've said from the outset is 'All we want is our day in court, for the law to be upheld and for a jury to decide our case.'"
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Wheeler, Son Ben killed at Sandy Hook:
"There is a reason that this particular consumer product is the one that is used by people who want to inflict the most damage and we've seen example of that time and time again in the six years -- almost six years since my son and his classmates and teachers were murdered. And that reason, very likely, partially resides in the information we can now look at: It partially resides at the feet of the manufacturers and their advertising and marketing policies."
Gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a 4-3 decision, justices reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against Remington and overturned the ruling of a lower court judge, who said the entire lawsuit was prohibited by the 2005 federal law. The majority said that while most of the lawsuit's claims were barred by the federal law, Remington could still be sued for alleged wrongful marketing under Connecticut law.
Several lawsuits over mass shootings in other states have been rejected because of the federal law.
The plaintiffs in Connecticut include a survivor and relatives of nine people killed in the massacre. They argue the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle used by Newtown shooter Adam Lanza is too dangerous for the public and Remington glorified the weapon in marketing it to young people, including those with mental illness.
Remington, based in Madison, North Carolina, has denied wrongdoing and previously insisted it can't be sued because of the 2005 law, called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. A Remington spokesman said Thursday the company had no comment on the court ruling.
Lanza, 20, shot his way into the locked school in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012, and killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, similar to an AR-15. He shot his mother to death in their Newtown home beforehand and killed himself as police arrived at the school.
Connecticut's child advocate said Lanza's severe and deteriorating mental health problems, his preoccupation with violence and access to his mother's legal weapons "proved a recipe for mass murder."
David Wheeler, whose son Ben died in the shooting, said Thursday that a main goal of the lawsuit is to stop Remington and other gun makers from gearing their advertising toward troubled young men.
Ian Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was also killed at Sandy Hook, said the families want to get their date in court.
"I can't say I'm excited by this ruling, I wish it was never here but what we've said from the outset is 'All we want is our day in court, for the law to be upheld and for a jury to decide our case,'" he said.
Josh Koskoff, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, has said today's ruling proves that "no industry is above the law."
"You can't engage in reckless marketing that does nothing to address a problem but only contributes to it -- to it. They have said today that the gun industry may bear certain responsibilities to provide a solution to this epidemic that we have," he said.
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