Sandy Hook weapons case given 2018 court date

A lawsuit against gun companies by families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will go to trial in two years.
Judge Barbara Bellis on Tuesday set a date of April 3, 2018 for the start of a civil trial between Sandy Hook victims’ families and  Remington Arms Company, Bushmaster Firearms, Camfour Holding and Riverview Gun Sales of East Winsdor.  Bellis also ruled that the discovery process in the case will begin immediately.

Lawyers for the families said the trial date and start of the discovery process marks “another major victory for families of the victims in their effort to hold gun companies responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre.”

Bellis’ ruling comes a week after she denied motions by Remington Arms, Camfour and Riverview Gun Sales to have the case dismissed.

The families filed their lawsuit in January 2015, seeking damages after the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The victims, 20 children and six adults, were killed by Adam Lanza, who killed himself at Sandy Hook. Victoria Soto, a Stratford native and teacher at Sandy Hook, was one of the victims.

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