You’re a responsible gun owner. You own several different types of firearms yourself. You know how to fire them properly; you know how to care for them properly.
So when you read or hear about an “accidental discharge” of a weapon, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “wellllllll…, that person just didn’t know how to handle their guns. They needed more education. They weren’t being careful enough.”
And we used to think that too. Until we started representing people who have had accidental discharges. And once we learned what we now know about them, we’ve started thinking about things a little differently ourselves.
For example, did you know that there are over 25 types of guns made by manufacturers such as Remington, Ruger, and Taurus that have known defects that can cause these guns to inadvertently or unintentionally fire without the trigger being pulled? You can see the list of the models of the firearms on our website. These are weapons that, even when they are handled with care and according to manufacturer’s instructions, can fire without the trigger being pulled.
And the shame is, the type of gun owner who is the MOST familiar with weapons, who is the MOST likely to carry weapons on their person or on their property every day, are the very people that are most at risk. Why? Because the more you handle a firearm, the odds go up that you will drop it. For example, can you think of how many times you’ve dropped your own cell phone in the past month? Things that are handled frequently have an increased likelihood to be dropped. And almost all experts agree that firearms are NOT MEANT to fire just because they are dropped.
The truth is, a firearm is deemed defective any time it fires without the trigger being pulled. For instance, if a gun explodes, or fires when the slide is racked, or fires when it is dropped, or fires when shaken or jostled, IT IS DEFECTIVE.
So keep this in mind the next time you hear a story about someone “accidentally” discharging a firearm, because it just might be a defective firearm, NOT a lack of care or education on the part of the individual.
And if for some reason this has ever happened to you, and it caused catastrophic harm to you or someone else, you more than likely have a case against the gun manufacturer. 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.