The Latest: Gun maker asks judge to dismiss Newtown lawsuit

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Posted: Jun 20, 2016 1:19 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on courtroom arguments on whether a lawsuit against the maker of the semiautomatic rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre should be dismissed (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A lawyer for Remington Arms has asked a Connecticut judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the gun maker filed by the families of some of the children and adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre.

The Madison, North Carolina, company made the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown in 2012.

Attorney James Vogts (vohts) argued Monday that the lawsuit should be dismissed on several technical grounds, including that it is barred by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from liability.

A state judge in Bridgeport didn't immediately rule.

The lawsuit says Remington knew the AR-15-style rifle was dangerous and meant for the military but sold it to the public anyway and should be held accountable.

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12:15 a.m.

A Connecticut judge is set to hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit against the maker of the semiautomatic rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The families of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school and a teacher who survived are suing Remington Arms, the parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting. They say the company knew the rifle was meant for the military and too dangerous to sell to civilians.

A state judge in Bridgeport is scheduled to hear arguments Monday morning.

The gun company's lawyers argue the lawsuit is barred by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.