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Newtown Families To Appeal Gun Suit's Dismissal

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A lawyer representing the Newtown families that sued the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre says they will appeal a judge's dismissal of the lawsuit.

Attorney Josh Koskoff says the families are disappointed by the decision, but it is "not the end of the fight." He says an appeal of the decision will be filed immediately.

The judge granted a motion by Remington Arms to strike the lawsuit by the families of nine children and adults killed and a teacher who survived the attack on Dec. 14, 2012.

The judge agreed with attorneys for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington that the lawsuit should be dismissed under a 2005 law that shields gun makers from liability when their firearms are used in crimes.

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