Sandy Hook families settle with Remington marking 1st time gun maker is held liable for mass shooting

Relatives of nine of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have reached a historic settlement with Remington, the maker of the rifle used in the massacre, according to court documents.

It is the first time a gun manufacturer has been held liable for a mass shooting in the United States.

The settlement comes after a protracted legal battle over how the gunmaker marketed its firearm. The dollar amount of the settlement was not immediately known.

A Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle was used in the December 2012 killings of 20 first graders and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut. The gunman fatally shot his mother before the elementary school rampage, then killed himself.

In their lawsuit against Remington, which has since filed for bankruptcy, families of the victims argued that the firearm maker irresponsibly marketed the weapon to at-risk young men such as the Sandy Hook shooter through product placement in violent video games.

Remington, based in Madison, North Carolina, has denied the allegations in the lawsuit.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, attorney for the families, Joshua Koskoff, opened by displaying photos of the victims and described details about the final days of their lives: the Christmas music that teacher Victoria Soto would listen to on her drive into work; the favorite diner breakfast that first-grader Jesse Lewis loved to eat; the Hanukkah candles that six-year-old Noah Pozner proudly lit for the first time(more)