WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A lawsuit has been filed against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and one of those is a western Massachusetts company.
The lawsuit, filed against Westfield-based Camfour, as well as the makers of the Bushmaster AR-15 and the store where the weapon was purchased, asserts that the rifle should not have been sold publicly, because it was designed for military use and unsuited for hunting and home defense. The lawsuit was brought by the families of nine of the 26 people killed in the shooting, and seeks unspecified damages.
22News went to Camfour Thursday for comment, but no one was available to speak with us. Meanwhile, Riverview Gun Sales, the East Windsor store where shooter Adam Lanza’s mother purchased the rifle back in 2010, has since shut down.
The families bringing the lawsuit will have to contend with a 2005 law signed by then-President George W. Bush, which shielded gun manufacturers from lawsuits over criminal use of their products, with some exceptions.