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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.

 

When a Firearm Goes Defective

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.