BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (UPI) — A superior court judge on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by the families of some of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings four years ago.

Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that the suit against the Remington Outdoor Co., the manufacturer of the AR-15 assault rifle used in the massacre, is not permitted by federal law.

Families of some of the children and staff killed on Dec. 14, 2012, brought the suit to hold Remington liable for the attack — with the main argument being the .223 mm semiautomatic assault rifle is manufactured to kill people.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Oct. 14 (UPI) — A superior court judge on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by the families of some of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings four years ago.

Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that the suit against the Remington Outdoor Co., the manufacturer of the AR-15 assault rifle used in the massacre, is not permitted by federal law.

Families of some of the children and staff killed on Dec. 14, 2012, brought the suit to hold Remington liable for the attack — with the main argument being the .223 mm semiautomatic assault rifle is manufactured to kill people.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said Friday the families are disappointed.

“My clients are the most tested and resilient people you could ever possibly represent,” attorney Josh Koskoff said. “To lose a motion in court is disappointing and tough to take but it is peanuts compared to what they have lost and they will fight until the end to get their day in court.”

Most legal experts expected the lawsuit to be dismissed at some point, although Remington formally requested the dismissal months ago.

“It was not a surprise,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told the Hartford Courant. “Federal law effectively immunizes gun makers from liability for criminal misuse of their guns. This lawsuit was based on an innovative but risky legal theory that attempted to carve out an exception to this federal law.”

The suit was brought by families of 10 of the 26 victims of the attack. Twenty were first-grade children.

“These families deserve to have their case heard in court and decided by a jury and we will do everything we can to make that happen,” Koskoff said.

“This is not the end of the fight. We will appeal this decision immediately and continue our work to help prevent the next Sandy Hook from happening.”

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