A Judge is expected to begin weighing whether a gun manufacturer is liable to face trial over the fatal shooting.
The Barden family, who lost their seven-year-old son, is spearheading the lawsuit. "This is what we need to do to make sure this stops," Jackie Barden told a Journalist, adding that her son deserved to live a full life.
The Bardens have been joined by nine other plaintiffs to fight for a chance to sue Remington Arms, the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle used in the devastating attack. They also want to enjoin the gun's distributor and retailer in the suit.
Mike Barden insists that assault rifles with high capacity magazines have no practical application in the hands of untrained civilians. He adds that the gun ads are targeted at disenfranchised and violence-prone young people.
The lawsuit blames the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the massacre. 26 students and educators lost their lives. It also claims that Remington knowingly exploited the rifle's militaristic and destructive capabilities in ads geared towards civilians. The gun manufacturers have been fighting the lawsuit since it was filed in October. They want it thrown out.
The manufacturers are of the opinion that a 2005 federal law protects them against a majority of claims in instances where guns are misused. They will have another chance at this week's hearing at the Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut. Both sides are expected to present their case.