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Trial date set for lawsuit against gun maker

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

The lawsuit against the maker of the gun used in the Newtown school shooting continued in court on Tuesday. This, after a judge denied the company's motion to dismiss the case.

Remington Arms, the maker of the AR-15, claims it shouldn't be held responsible. The company says it's protected under a 2005 federal law that shields it from civil action resulting from the criminal use of its guns.

On Tuesday, attorneys for both sides agreed on a trial date of early April 2018.

"We're obviously very happy with with the judges decision and this is just one more step in a long march," said Bill Sherlach, who lost his wife Mary in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

According to documents released after the shooting, Adam Lanza used an AR-15 to fire more than 150 bullets in less than five minutes. In that hail of fire, Lanza took the lives of 20 children and six educators inside Sandy Hook Elementary

"There are a lot of guns our shooter could have chosen from his arsenal. He chose the AR-15 because it served his purpose to kill as many people as possible," Nicole Hockley said. 

Nicole Hockley is among the eight families suing the gun maker. Her son, Dylan, was among the victims.

But the attorney for Remington has argued that his client can't be held responsible for the deaths, and doing so would set a dangerous precedent. The attorney denied comment on Tuesday in court.

The judge's ruling only allowed this case to move forward.

Both sides will continue to have monthly hearings as they plan for trial again.

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