Sandy Hook families reach $73m settlement with gunmaker

The families of nine victims of a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have agreed to settle a lawsuit against the manufacturer of an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used to massacre 20 six- and seven-year-old students and six educators.

Remington will pay $73m to settle the claims of the families who had sued in 2015 saying the company should have never sold such a dangerous weapon to the public. Their focus, the plaintiffs said, was on preventing future mass shootings.

Remington agreed in the settlement to allow the families to release thousands of documents they obtained during the lawsuit, including ones showing how it marketed the weapon.

“This case was never about damages in the sense of compensation. It was about damages in the sense of forcing change,” Josh Koskoff, a lawyer for the families said at a media conference announcing the settlement on Tuesday.

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