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push to hold gun makers legally responsible for mass shootings coming to an abrupt end in a Connecticut courtroom. Judge Barbara Bellis on Friday dismissing a lawsuit filed against Remington Arms, maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. The suit was brought by family members of those murdered at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
The families wanted to hold liable the gun maker, the distributor, and the gun store owner. For the weapon Adam Lanza used to massacre 20 children and six adults. The suit alleged Lanza's weapon, a military style rifle with a high capacity magazine, should not be sold to civilians. Gun control advocates had hoped the case would find a way around a federal law that currently protects the firearms industry from being held liable for deaths caused by their products.
But the judge ruled that Congress's intent in passing the protection of lawful commerce in arms act was clear and denied the plaintiff's claims
The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old.>> The shooting spurred President Obama to tears and a new effort to tackle American's epidemic of gun violence.
>> And we're gonna have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this irrregardless of the politics.>> But efforts to create new systems of background checks and close the so-called gun show loophole died in the face of Republican opposition in Congress. Mass shootings continued throughout Obama's 10-years in the White house.
Last June, Omar Mateen used a weapon similar to Lanza's rifle, purchased legally, to murder 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando.