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Robert Soltis, of Newtown, Conn., pauses after making the sign of the cross at a memorial to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims in Newtown on Dec. 18, 2012. The massacre of 20 children and 6 adults served a rallying cry for gun-reform advocates. Three years later, the call for reform remains unheeded. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Robert Soltis, of Newtown, Conn., pauses after making the sign of the cross at a memorial to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims in Newtown on Dec. 18, 2012. The massacre of 20 children and 6 adults served a rallying cry for gun-reform advocates. Three years later, the call for reform remains unheeded. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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Monday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the firearm manufacturer Remington asked a state superior court judge to stop a lawsuit against them by victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown.

The lawsuit against the manufacturer, the distributor, and the seller says that the military-style rifle used should never have been sold or marketed to civilians in the first place.

But gun manufacturers are protected from most liability under a 2005 federal law. So what are the implications of this Connecticut case?

Also, we look at national news and the U.S. Senate's vote on four gun control measures later today. The action follows a filibuster last week by Senate Democrats who demanded votes on the issue, following the shooting massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Among those pushing for stronger gun control laws is Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, who supports a measure that would prevent anyone on a federal terrorist watch list from buying a gun.

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John Dankosky, executive editor of the New England News Collaborative. He tweets @johndankosky.

Anthony Brooks, WBUR senior political reporter. He tweets @anthonygbrooks.

This segment aired on June 20, 2016.

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