Hearing held in Sandy Hook lawsuit

The families of several victims in the Sandy Hook school shootings are suing the gun maker.

The families of several victims in the Sandy Hook school shootings are suing the gun maker. (4/19/16)

BRIDGEPORT - The families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims were back in court Tuesday for a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used in the crime.

The families say that gun manufacturer Remington Arms should be held liable because the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 is a military-style weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.

Remington argued that federal law protects gun manufacturers from lawsuits, but a superior court judge denied the motion.

On Tuesday afternoon, both sides agreed to a schedule of status hearings roughly once a month and a trial date in April 2018.

The judge also ordered that discovery begin immediately. The gun manufacturer's attorneys said have filed a motion to halt discovery. They also brought up the possibility of a future motion to strike the case.

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