A Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition is seen in Seattle, March 27, 2006. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
Law enforcement officials said that Adam Lanza was armed with four firearms when he started his rampage at a Connecticut elementary school Friday that ended in the deaths of 20 children and seven adults, but nearly all the killing was done with just one of the guns: a .223 caliber Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle.
Lanza used the rifle, a modified civilian version of the military’s M-16 similar to the popular AR-15, as he stalked through the school and opened fire on children as young as five. Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the medical examiner who investigated the massacre, told reporters over the weekend that all of Lanza’s victims had been shot more than once.
The killing ended when Lanza took his own life, this time using a handgun, officials said.
Bushmaster, headquartered in North Carolina, bills itself on its website as the leading supplier of AR-15-type rifles in the U.S. and offers more than a dozen different models in various calibers.
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“When researching the Gun Safe Storage and Child Access Prevention Laws for Connecticut I also located information where it also states that there are strict liability laws if a person fails to securely store a loaded firearm. In addition, a person can be found criminally negligent if, due to their improper storage, a minor causes injury or death to himself or another.
Sec. 52-571g. Strict liability of person who fails to securely store a loaded firearm. Any person whose act or omission constitutes a violation of section 29-37i shall be strictly liable for damages when a minor obtains a firearm, as defined in section 53a-3, and causes the injury or death of such minor or any other person. For the purposes of this section, “minor” means any person under the age of sixteen years. (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/pub/chap925.htm#Sec52-571g.htm)
Sec. 53a-217a. Criminally negligent storage of a firearm: Class D felony. (a) A person is guilty of criminally negligent storage of a firearm when he violates the provisions of section 29-37i and a minor obtains the firearm and causes the injury or death of himself or any other person. For the purposes of this section, “minor” means any person under the age of sixteen years.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply if the minor obtains the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry to any premises by any person.
(c) Criminally negligent storage of a firearm is a class D felony.”
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