Connecticut Supreme Court to hear Sandy Hook appeal case next month
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The Connecticut Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hold its first hearing in the appeal filed by families of Sandy Hook School victims on Nov. 14, just a month before the five-year anniversary of the tragic shooting.

The victims' families are suing the sellers of the AR-15 — the same gun used in the 2012 shooting — alleging negligence on the part of gun manufacturers for selling "a weapon that was designed for our armed forces and engineered to deliver maximum carnage" to civilians.

The lawsuit also claims that gun companies are at fault for marketing the military weapon for public use, in violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, according to a report by The Newtown Daily Voice.

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Twenty-eight people, including shooter Adam Lanza, died in the Dec. 14 killing spree.

The shooting spawned a flurry of federal bills calling for universal background checks, prohibitions on certain assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines as well as tougher gun trafficking penalties, among other measures. None of those measures were passed by Congress.

The court agreed the case could move forward in 2016. The lawsuit is appealing the previous decision from the Bridgeport Superior Court to dismiss the case. 

The case has drawn national attention, with both the National Rifle Association and anti-gun groups filing briefs.