SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. CNN reports that a major gun company may have sold potentially defective guns to law enforcement agencies and to the general public. According to CNN, the gun could randomly fire if dropped. CNN has investigated several lawsuits where officers and individuals suffered injuries when pulling their guns out of their holsters or when the guns were dropped. While gun violence and shootings have been in the news lately, we haven’t heard much about the real risk of gun injuries due to accidents. When injuries occur due to accidents, the deaths and injuries are no less tragic.
Reports indicate that the gun company, Sig Sauer was aware of the issue that has left several people injured. When the company was trying to secure a contract with the military, the military discovered the defect and requested that it be fixed. Despite this, the gun company failed to fix other guns that it sold to police and to the general public. The company has offered owners an “upgrade” but it has not issued a recall. It claims that the guns are safe and that they meet safety standards.
CNN reports that as many as 500,000 pistols with the identified problem may have been sold. While the company now only ships guns to stores where the problem has been fixed, some stores still have the problematic gun in their stocks. Because the gun has not been recalled, gun shops and sellers may still be selling this gun.
Accidental gun discharges can be deadly. Just recently, three girls were accidentally shot when a man’s finger snagged on a gun’s trigger in Ocala, Florida. CNN reports that unintentional firearm injuries are rare, with 193 people killed. However, of those killed, only 12 died because of a dropped gun. In the case of the Ocala accidental shooting, a dropped gun doesn’t seem to be the problem.
The fact that police are carrying a gun that could accidentally discharge should be deeply concerning to the general public. If an officer draws his gun and it could accidentally discharge, he or she could accidentally shoot a civilian. Furthermore, a dropped gun could also potentially injure people who happen to be around the dropped weapon.
As more people become aware of this problem, we may hear about more injuries and lawsuits going forward. If you or a loved one was hurt due to a dropped gun accidentally going off or due to an accidentally discharged weapon, you may be entitled to pursue a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer—just as some police officers have recently done.
The Law Office of Ralph C. Petty are personal injury lawyers in Salt Lake City, Utah who are closely watching this situation unfold. If you or a loved one has been hurt, consider reaching out to us. Our firm may be able to help you seek damages for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Visit us at https://www.ralphpettylaw.com/personal-injury/ to learn more.

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