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Newtown families sue gun maker for Sandy Hook massacre

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By Tracy Connor, NBC News

(NBC News) - Ten families touched by the Newtown massacre filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against companies that made, distributed and sold the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary two years ago. The suit argues that the gun is a military assault weapon that never should have been on the general market.

"In business, measuring risk prior to producing, marketing, and selling a product or service is standard procedure," Bill Sherlach, whose wife was killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, rampage in the small Connecticut town, said in a statement. "For far too long the gun industry has been given legislative safe harbor from this standard business practice. These companies assume no responsibility for marketing and selling a product to the general population who are not trained to use it nor even understand the power of it."

The complaint, which was filed in superior court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, names Bushmaster, firearms distributor Camfour and gun shop Riverview Gun Sales. It was filed by the families of nine children and adults killed by Lanza and one surviving teacher.

Representatives of Bushmaster and Riverview did not immediately return calls. A representative for Camfour hung up on a reporter.

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