The manufacturer of the rifle used in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is scheduled to be in court Monday to again ask a Connecticut judge to throw out a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by family members of victims killed in the attack.
The hearing is being held just over a week after a mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., where law-enforcement officials said the gunman, Omar Mateen, used a .223 SIG Sauer semiautomatic rifle to kill 49 people.
Attorneys for the Sandy Hook families have said the Bushmaster XM15-E2S semiautomatic rifle used in the school shooting is unfit for civilian ownership. The Bushmaster uses the same caliber ammunition as the rifle used in the Orlando shooting.
Nine families of victims and one survivor of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting sued the maker of the rifle, the firearms distributor and the store that sold the gun, claiming they were liable for producing and selling a military weapon unsuited for personal defense or recreation.