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Newtown families’ suit against gun maker sent to state court

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HARTFORD — A lawsuit filed against gun maker Remington by families of some Newtown school massacre victims has been sent back to Connecticut state court, where legal experts say it has a better chance of succeeding.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny  returned the case to state court on Wednesday.

The families of nine children and adults killed in the shooting and one survivor filed the wrongful death lawsuit in state court in January, saying Remington’s Bushmaster AR-15 rifle is too deadly to sell to civilians. Remington disputes the allegations.

A Bushmaster AR-15 was used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

Remington moved the case to federal court. Legal experts say federal courts have consistently dismissed wrongful death lawsuits against gun makers.