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Connecticut Supreme Court to hear appeal in Newtown shooting case

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of families whose wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre was dismissed.

Family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence gather with members of Congress during a press conference four days before the second anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 10, 2014, in Washington, DC. During the press conference, members of Congress and family members called for expanded background checks to curb gun violence in America. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence gather with members of Congress during a press conference four days before the second anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 10, 2014, in Washington, DC. During the press conference, members of Congress and family members called for expanded background checks to curb gun violence in America. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The high court decided Tuesday to bypass a lower appellate court and hear the case. Arguments have not been scheduled.

A gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle at the Newtown school in December 2012.

A survivor and relatives of nine people who died sued Bushmaster’s parent company, Madison, North Carolina-based Remington Outdoor Co. They alleged Remington violated state law by selling a dangerous weapon to the public.

A trial court judge dismissed the lawsuit in October, citing a federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.