Remington Offers $33M to Sandy Hook School Shooting Victims’ Families

The settlement offer came only a day after a judge denied Remington’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the families of those who were killed during the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

Remington Offers $33M to Sandy Hook School Shooting Victims’ Families

Some families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook School mass shooting are deliberating over Remington Arms’ $33 million settlement offer that was made on Wednesday.

The offer was part of a bankruptcy hearing for the company, which is the oldest gun manufacturer in the United States. It came only a day after a judge denied Remington’s request to dismiss a lawsuit from the families of those who were killed during the school massacre, reports NPR.

Twenty Sandy Hook students between the ages of six and seven, as well as six adult school staff members died during the shooting. The active shooter used Remington’s Bushmaster assault-style rifle during the attack, and the families claim the rifle should never have been sold to a civilian.

Remington’s offer is much less than what the victims’ families are demanding, reports the BBC. Earlier this year they argued that their wrongful death settlements could reach $225 million, in addition to punitive damages possibly in excess of $1 billion.

An attorney for the Sandy Hook victims’ families told the BBC they would “consider their next steps.” The survivors say their motivation in pursuing the lawsuit is to prevent future mass shootings.

Remington has also filed for bankruptcy, and the case will go to court this fall.

In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Remington to prevent Sandy Hook victims’ families from suing the company. The company argued in Remington Arms Co. v. Soto that it should have been shielded by a law that prevents most lawsuits against gun manufacturers when the firearms they make are used in crimes. The justices rejected Remington’s claim.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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2 responses to “Remington Offers $33M to Sandy Hook School Shooting Victims’ Families”

  1. Rick says:

    The AR15 made by Bushmaster was recovered in the trunk of the car. Police determined that it was not used to shoot anyone.

  2. Robin Hattersley-Gray says:

    The misinformation that the Bushmaster rifle wasn’t used in the Sandy Hook mass shooting has been thoroughly debunked. The primary weapon used in the Dec. 14, 2012 attack, said Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance, “was a Bushmaster AR-15 assault-type weapon.”

    There was so much misinformation about the guns that Connecticut police issued an update on Jan. 23, 2013 confirming their original report: “Police provided details in [previous] news conferences, but wanted to eliminate any confusion or misinformation,” the update stated. “Police said they found a Bushmaster .223-caliber model XM15-E with high capacity 30-round clips, a Glock 10mm handgun and a Sauer P226 9mm handgun inside the school. Police also searched Lanza’s car, which was in the parking lot, and found an Izhmash Canta-12 12-gauge shotgun.” Source: https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20130131/NEWS/801258400

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