You hear about recalls all the time—whether online, on television, or from a friend. A car seat is recalled for failing a safety test. Romaine lettuce is recalled for containing E. coli bacteria. However, when a gun is defective, silence.
Despite the fact that the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) acknowledges that more than 40% of all new guns contain some type of defect. So why do we not hear about gun defects until an injury or death occurs? What can we do to make a change when it comes to gun defect laws in the United States?
The argument here is not about the right to bear arms. It is for law-abiding gun owners to be able to exercise this right without the fear of our guns going off on their own.
Gun Defects Need Attention
Did you know that the gun industry is the only consumer product industry in America that isn’t regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission? Everything else, from infant formula, to food additives, to microwave ovens and toasters are monitored to ensure they are safe for consumers and their families but guns are not.
Why? Moreover, how is it that a product that can be lethal is not subject to the same oversight? When you consider the potentially life-changing outcomes of purchasing a defective firearm, the answer should be clear.
The Gun Industry Needs to Step Up
Since there is no federal agency ensuring that firearms are safety tested, gun manufacturers must act on their own to be sure their products are safe for customer to use. They are advised to follow testing protocols, like those suggested by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, Inc. and the American National Standards Institute.
Through the application of better safety testing and engineering practices, the number of injuries and deaths caused by defective firearms can be greatly reduced. However, gun manufacturers must step up and do the right thing when a defect is noticed or reported. It is their sole responsibility to issue a recall and while some companies have in the past, many have not.
It is also worth noting that even in the best of circumstances the recall effort seems to be two steps behind. Most are not well-publicized or done in a timely manner.
From 2005 to 2010, one study recognized that approximately 3,800 Americans died due to unintentional shooting. If Congress and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission won’t step in, it’s time for the gun industry to pick-up the slack before another family is torn apart.
At Morris Haynes, we specialize in defective firearm litigation and representing lawful gun owners. If you think your gun might have a defect, our attorneys at Morris Haynes are ready and willing to help you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today for a free consultation.