Imagine. You are at a family member’s home, relaxing. Your wife and your 11-year-old son are sitting on the couch.You take your Taurus PT 609 firearm and try to load the magazine into the pistol. However, the magazine doesn’t properly seat.
You get off the couch and walk over to the ceiling fan light to figure out what is wrong. Your wife and son remain seated on the couch watching television. For slight reinforcement, you “bump” the magazine with the palm of your hand. Bang! The firearm goes off. You never even pulled the trigger.
Now you’re faced with the unimaginable reality that the 9mm round of the PT-609 hit both your son and wife. For Donald Dewayne Simms and his family, this event was very real, and it ended with the loss of his son, Donald Dewayne Simms, Jr.
A Defective Gun, A Life Lost
While the answers to why the Taurus PT-609 firearm went off without the trigger being pulled may never be found, one thing is certain. It was not the first time that this type of gun fired without the trigger being pulled.
In fact, weeks after the passing of his son, Dewayne discovered that for more than 18 months, a class action lawsuit had been pending in Miami, Florida. However Forjas, Taurus Holdings, and Taurus International refused to remove striker-fired handguns, which included the PT-609 that killed his son, from the market.
In other words, Taurus was aware of the potential risk that their product held. Still they failed to appropriately warn consumers, which could have Donald Simms Jr.’s life.
Gun Manufacturer’s Need to Step Up
U.S. citizens have the right to their Second Amendment and the right to bear arms but, firearm companies need to take action to keep their customers. This involves making sure to get information out to the public when a firearm they sell could have a potential (and deadly) defect.
When the safety is on, a gun should never go off. Period.
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.