>> And what we have here is the conduct of a corporation that thought it was above the law, and still thinks it's above the law.>> The lawyer representing families of victims killed and injured in the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting on Tuesday told the Connecticut Supreme Court his clients should be able to proceed with a lawsuit against a major gun manufacturer.
The lawsuit targets Remington Arms, maker of this Bushmaster military-style assault rifle. Adam Lanza used it to murder 20 school children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary. The plaintiffs accuse Remington of negligence. Reuters' legal correspondent, Tina Bellon, was in the courtroom.>> They say Remington's marketing campaign of the AR-15 rifle specifically targeted a group of young men with a fascination for the military, such as Adam Lanza.
Their legal argument, however, faces significant hurdles. The US Congress in 2005 passed a law that granted sweeping immunity to the gun industry.>> The manufacturer and the sellers of the firearm used by the criminal that day are not legally responsible for his crimes.>> Since Sandy Hook, the US has seen a series of deadly and deadlier mass shootings.
49 killed in an Orlando nightclub in 2016, 58 murdered at a Las Vegas concert in October, and 9 days ago, 24 shot dead in a Texas church.>> Our inaction is a political decision that we are making.>> Following the Newtown massacre, President Barack Obama urged the US Congress to act on gun control.
But the move was blocked by Republican lawmakers. Using executive authority, Obama authored a rule intended to make it harder for people with mental illness to purchase guns. President Donald Trump eliminated that rule in February. The Newtown families say what they want is a chance for a jury to hear their case.
And that would give them the ability to demand Remington disclose internal communications about their marketing. But that's still a long way off. If the families lose their appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court, that's the end of the line for their lawsuit. If they win, Remington will likely take the case to the US Supreme Court.