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the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for a lawsuit to go ahead against Remington the maker of the A. R. fifteen Bushmaster rifle used in the twenty twelve sandy hook massacre giving families who lost loved ones in the shooting a chance to hold the gun maker liable the ruling is a major blow to Remington and the gun manufacturing industry which sought complete immunity from the lawsuit the national shooting sports foundation the firearm industry's trade association said it was reviewing the decision and neither it nor Remington had any immediate comment the families of nine of the victims and one survivor have said Remington along with the gun wholesaler and local retailer are partially responsible for the massacre at the Newtown Connecticut elementary school because they marketed the weapon based on its militaristic appeal twenty year old Adam Lanza used the semi automatic Remington rifle to kill twenty children between the ages of six and seven as well as six adult staff members on December fourteenth twenty twelve he then killed himself one of the lawyers for the victims' families said in a statement quote the family's goal has always been to shed light on Remington's calculated and profit driven strategy to expand the A. R. fifteen market in court high risk users all at the expense of American safety today's decision is a critical step toward achieving that goal legal experts have said that any appeal of Thursday's ruling would likely be taken up by the U. S. Supreme Court