Families Of Sandy Hook Victims Win $1.5M Lawsuit Against Lanza Estate

More than two and a half years after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting that left 26 dead, families of the victims have finally won a lawsuit against the estate of shooter Adam Lanza’s mother.

Seeking recompense for their losses, families of 14 of the people killed and two injured filed suit and won. They split the settlement from Nancy Lanza’s homeowner insurance policy and each walked away with $93,750.

The suit was filed against the Lanza estate because Nancy Lanza “knew or should have known that [Adam Lanza’s] mental and emotional condition made him a danger to others.’

The family members of the victims have yet to actually receive their settlement as they must first gain approval by a probate judge before reaching Superior Court. However, everything is expected to finalized by the end of the month.

During the shooting, Lanza used a Bushmasater XM15-E2S rifle, a Glock 10mm handgun and a SIG P226 9mm handgun.

There are still outstanding lawsuits against Bushmaster manufacturer Remington Outdoor Co.

The complaint reasoned that Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifles shouldn’t be allowed for civilian use because of they’re similarity to an AR-15. The complaint also said that Remington should have known the rifle “posed an unreasonable and egregious risk of physical injury to others,” adding the company failed to recognize “the civilian population’s poor track record of safely securing weapons.”

(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Kenny Smith June 2, 2017, 6:45 pm

    I know this is not real important or even should be brought up , but I think these people who sue gun companies should not be allowed to ever own another gun of any kind , brand or style for their protection . Because it is freakin ridiculous to sue a gun company for something beyond their control. I do feel for the families, but it is not the fault of the gun manufacturers or dealers , it is the fault of the killers.

  • mtman2 August 5, 2016, 10:54 am

    How backwards are sheople to blame the gun, “right to bear” or even the shooters for no protection of any group of children put in the care of strangers by parents.
    The suit should be against the school, the state who came up w/”GUN FREE ZONES” the building code, and the teachers that seemingly can’t either defend peoples children or even lock their classroom doors hearing shots being fired(evidently).

    My school had 2.5 inch thick Oak doors in steel frames- with a wire reinforced window(12″x12″) at 5 feet up……..?
    Begs understanding as to what building plans were used or of zoning for classroom safety. Along with an inside lock there should be a large deadbolt. And now it would seem two secondary sliding bolt(at top+bottom) now added that could be employed for these type events. This is 4-locks that would need to be defeated before entry could be gained taking an immense effort and lots of- * large bore ammo for just one door. By then any armed individual(or that teacher) can have time to take the madman out. How can any facility keeping your children 5 days a week not have serious safety requirement. A stupid sign saying “SHOOTERS WELCOME” ain’t it folks ~!

    * – Only something like a 12 gauge shotgun with slugs, buckshot or magnum steel waterfowl shot could eventually breach the type doors my school had growing up(mutiple shots might still not do it). Even then the ricochet’s and blowback at such close range would be a deterent to some crazy criminal or terrorist.

  • timothyf7 July 29, 2016, 8:19 am

    I am glad to see this. This is what I have said from the very start. The responsible party was the mother. She knew of the mental disorder and still allowed her son to train, shoot and become completely familiar with something that could be mis-used, resulting in tragedy. On the other hand, lawsuits against manufacturers is totally ridiculous. That is the same as someone suing Ford for a death caused by a drunk driver. Responsibility lies on the operator not the tool. Bushmaster and Glock did not allow a mentally ill child to have access, train and practice with their product… the mother did.

    • Gary October 22, 2016, 1:50 pm

      I agree 100%!!

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