Sandy Hook lawsuit offers history of a war weapon.
Sandy Hook lawsuit offers history of a war weapon.
Two years ago on Dec. 14, 2012, a mentally unstable man shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Two others were wounded -- all in a matter of minutes.
    This week, the families of nine victims, along with an adult who was shot but survived, filed a lawsuit in Connecticut against the maker and distributors of the Bushmaster Firearms International LLC's AR-15 rifle, used in the attack. 
    The families seek monetary damage, punitive damages and attorneys'  fees, charging that the gun used in the Sandy Hook attack is a “civilian” weapon with no legitimate civilian purpose: “It is hand guns, and not long guns, that are widely considered to be the optimal weapon for home defense.”  
    The lawsuit also said that a 1989 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms study concluded that “semiautomatic assault rifles were designed and intended for combat and not suited to either sporting or hunting.”
    In building a case, the lawsuit offers this history of the weapon:          Today, Colt Defense LLC is the largest supplier of rifles to the military, the lawsuit added. “Bushmaster, meanwhile, holds the distinction of being the largest supplier of combat rifles to civilians.” 
         The lawsuit, in entirety, is posted the Hartford Courant website.