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Court rules Sandy Hook families can sue gunmaker over rifle used in shooting

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Connecticut’s highest court has cleared the way for families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to sue over the marketing of the semiautomatic rifle Adam Lanza used to kill.
The families argued that the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the weapon negligently entrusted to civilian consumers an assault rifle that is suitable for use only by military and law enforcement personnel and violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) through the sale or wrongful marketing of the rifle.
The lawsuit, which lists Bushmaster Firearms International as the defendant, has already overcome years worth of legal hurdles before finally reaching the key decision on Thursday.
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