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Your Most FAQ Answered on Gun Defects

According to a recent New York Times article, more than 40,000 Americans died from firearm injuries last year. Deaths caused by the unintentional discharge of a firearm landed in the 16th spot for unintentional deaths in the United States.

Unfortunately, the gun industry sells the one consumer product not regulated by the federal government. Our team at Morris Haynes is determined to hold those manufacturers accountable so that law abiding Americans don’t suffer the catastrophic consequences of a defective firearm going off without the trigger being pulled.

Do You Have a Legal Case?

When an unintentional discharge occurs, one of the first things you want to know is if you have a legal case. Therefore, when you get started with our team of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Morris Haynes, we ask you a number of questions in order to understand more about your case, including:

  • What happened?
  • What type of gun was involved?
  • Did you file a police/incident report?
  • Did you still have possession of the firearm, ammunition, or spent shell casing? If not, who has possession?
  • Where did you buy the firearm?
  • What came with the gun at time of purchase? (i.e. manual, warranty, etc.)
  • Did you research the firearm prior to purchase?
  • Did you seek or do you need to seek medical treatment?

After review of your answers to these questions, our team can discuss whether you have enough information to support a viable legal claim against the gun industry and the company who sold you the defective gun.

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.

 

Get the 411 on the Taurus Pistols

For more than 70 years, Forjas Taurus (“Taurus Forge”) has been known as one of the largest small arms manufacturers world-wide.

Recently, Taurus has been under fire for their repair or replacement program. The manufacturer  landed in court with several class-action lawsuits filed against their defective Taurus pistols.

Taurus Products

Thanks to these defects Taurus has spent millions in lawsuits, court and attorney fees, and more. However, people and organizations, including law enforcement, are still choosing their products with known defects.  

The following are nine pistols that the manufacturer has agreed to repair or replace as a result of settling the Carter v. Taurus class action lawsuit. Currently there is no repair.

  • Taurus PT 111 Millennium
  • Taurus PT-132 Millennium
  • Taurus PT-138-Millennium
  • Taurus PT-140 Millennium
  • Taurus PT-145 Millennium
  • Taurus PT-745 Millennium
  • Taurus PT-609
  • Taurus PT-640
  • Taurus PT-24/7

Even with a settled class-action that favored against Taurus, the company continues to claim that there is nothing wrong with the defective guns. Yet, upon settling, established their repair or replacement program. This denial is likely why gun owners are still choosing Taurus pistols when shopping for their next gun.

Protect Your Right. Protect Thyself!

Once a firearm has been manufactured it is up to the manufacturer to ensure that the gun is safe and ready to sale. There are no laws or test in place by the federal government that a gun must pass. This is a problem.

Accidental discharges put gun owners, their loved ones, and innocent bystanders in danger of harm, life threatening injuries, or even death. A gun should never fire on its own but that is exactly what is happening with these Taurus pistols.

If you are a gun owner, it is important to educate yourself on the products you purchase. Be sure there are no repairs and/or defects associated with the gun of your choosing. You have the right to bear arms but you also have the right safety.

Stay protected and in the know always!

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.

 

When Gun Manufacturers Don’t Speak Up

No matter the industry the goal in business is, for the most part, to land the big deal. For gun manufacturer Sig Sauer, the big deal was won in 2016 when the company secured a massive contract with the United States Army for the P320.

Problems arose when the Sig Sauer pistol was later found to go off by itself if impacted at a certain angle. However, the gun manufacturer decided to move forward with the deal despite this finding. Raising the question – what is more important? Money or safety?

A Popular Choice But Not a Safe Choice?

If the United States Army chooses to use a certain pistol, other entities such as law enforcement, are sure to follow suit. Meaning, this mega deal ultimately provided both the military and police officers with defective guns.

As a result, many accidents with the Sig Sauer P320 have occured. In fact, over the last few years, three police officers suffered a gunshot injury from involuntary firing and a Virginia sheriff’s deputy shattered her femur while simply removing her gun from her holster.

Too Little, Too Late?

These incidents did cause the gun manufacturer to announce a voluntary upgrade in August 2017. However,  it was still on a “voluntary” basis as there is no law saying a gun manufacturer has to fix defects with their products.

That is where the issue remains. Firearms, like the Sig Sauer pistol, are still being purchased with known injury causing defects because gun manufacturers do not want to miss out on the “big deal.”

While Americans should and do have the right to bear arms, the arms should be safe and secure. They shouldn’t be firing without the trigger being pulled. Thousands of injuries and deaths are happening as a result of these types of defects and gun manufacturers should be held responsible!

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.