You may think that an attorney that is passionate about protecting consumers from gun misfirings isn’t a gun lover, but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Todd Wheeles, a partner at Morris, Haynes, Knowles & Nelson. Wheeles, who began his career as a State Trooper in 1993, has a healthy respect for firearms, as do most gun owners.
As Wheeles says, “I’m not anti-gun, I’m anti-bad gun.”
Wheeles grew up like most boys in Alabama hunting and fishing. He learned about guns from his family. “I had good teachers,” he said.
As a boy, he gained a healthy respect for guns and from the time he was the fourth grade, he enjoyed tromping through the woods with his trusty 20 gauge shotgun.
He attended college at Auburn University. While still in college, he went to work at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. He went on to become a State Trooper, where he continued to be trained in the use of firearms, becoming proficient in gun safety practices.
He continued his education, earning his Master’s Degree from Jacksonville State University. While still a State Trooper, he made the decision to become an attorney, citing that the profession offered more opportunity and avenues in which to use his degree. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law in 2001.
His first firearms case was referred to him and he soon learned what it was like to work on a case in which he could help someone who was the victim of an accident. Now, Wheeles is committed to educating gun owners about facts they may not be aware of that could save their lives or the life of a loved one. Most gun owners are under the impression that when a gun misfires it is the result of owner error, but that isn’t always the case. What they don’t realize is that there may be a defect in the gun itself. This is what Wheeles wants gun owners to be aware of, so they can prevent a tragedy from occurring.
Consumers tend to assume that if a gun is on the market, it is safe to use, but that isn’t always the case. Some manufacturers take the responsibility to test their guns and some don’t.
It’s important that gun owners and consumers understand that the firearm itself may be defective and as a result, its manufacturer can be held responsible by law. Anytime a firearm discharges without its trigger being pulled, it is defective. There are numerous incidents of firearms discharging when dropped, shaken or jostled in some way, resulting in injury or death.
So no matter how responsible you may be as a gun owner, your firearm could cause your death or someone else as the result of an unintended discharge. Check out this link to see if you own one of these models, . If you do own one of these firearms, you may be entitled to compensation.
Wheeles and his colleagues at Morris Haynes work with gun owners and their families to hold gun manufacturers accountable. They may be able to help you.
At Morris Haynes, we specialize in these types of cases and would love the opportunity to consult with you if you think your firearm might have a defect, even if it’s not already on our list of guns with known defects. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today for a free consultation.