This is the first time a U.S. gun company has offered compensation for school shootings.
The United States the oldest arms manufacturer, Remington, founded in 1816, offers a total of $ 33 million in compensation to nine relatives of school shooters. According to the news agency Reuters, among others.
Remington was indebted in 2018 and re-filed for bankruptcy last year. The company’s lawyers made the offer after Connecticut law rejected the company’s claim to dismiss the lawsuit.
At issue is the first time a U.S. gun company has offered compensation for school shootings.
The claim is based on events in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. A 20-year-old man who shot his mother arrived at Sandy Hook’s elementary school, shot 20 small schoolchildren and six teachers, and finally himself.
It later emerged that the shooter used a Remington semi-automatic Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle. In 2014, relatives of nine victims filed a lawsuit against Remington for marketing an assault rifle-like weapon.
According to relatives, the gun was traded to young men, among other things, by placing ads in violent video games. According to the plaintiffs, such a weapon should not be sold to civilians at all.
Equally a lawyer representing the family Josh Koskoff according to relatives are considering Remington’s offer. The relatives ’original claim totaled more than $ 200 million.
“The goal of the families since the beginning has been to prevent Sandy Hook’s events from happening again,” Koskoff told Reuters.
“An important part of the goal is to show banks and insurance companies that companies selling assault weapons to civilians take a significant financial risk.”
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