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Monday, February 22, 2016

Can The Gun Industry Be Held Liable For Sandy Hook?

Sandy Hook Promise founder and Managing Director Mark Barden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on gun control proposals. (Molly Riley/AP)

Sandy Hook Promise founder and managing director Mark Barden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 20, 2016, before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on gun control proposals. Barden, who lost a child in the massacre, is part of the lawsuit seeking accountability from gun maker Remington. (Molly Riley/AP)

A judge in Bridgeport, Connecticut, today will be grappling with whether the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the gun used in the Sandy Hook massacre should be held liable for that shooting. A 2014 lawsuit is seeking damages from those companies, but the companies say that they are protected by a 2005 federal law that stops gun makers from being held liable for crimes committed with the weapons they sell. Jason Bellini of The Wall Street Journal joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

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