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Push to hold gun maker responsible in Sandy Hook shooting continues in supreme court

Posted November 14, 2017 10:30 a.m. EST

— A passionate fight for some Sandy Hook families continues in Supreme Court on Tuesday as they push to hold the gun maker of the rifle used in the shooting responsible.

Seven Connecticut Supreme Court justices will hear arguments on Tuesday morning in an appeal that could have ripple effects in the industry.

Stream the hearing at 10 a.m. here.

Several of the victims' families will be attending the hearing and will be available to speak after it.

It's been a long fight on both sides.

The lawsuit was dismissed about a year ago; however, the families are hoping the decision will be reversed.

According to documents released after the 2012 shooting, Adam Lanza used an AR-15 rifle to fire more than 150 bullets in less than five minutes. He killed 20 children and six educators inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Families of nine of the people killed and a survivor filed the suit against Remington, alleging that the gun maker violated state law by aggressively marketing a military-grade weapon for civilian use.

A superior court judge dismissed the suit last October and cited a federal law that protects gun manufacturers from litigation if their products are used during a crime.

Attorneys for Remington also argued that their client can't be held responsible for the shooting because doing so would set a dangerous precedent.

The lawyer for the families did not release a new statement ahead of Tuesday's hearing.

Channel 3 reached out to the firm representing Remington on Monday, but did not get a response.