Every American consumer has the right to bear arms due to the specific language of the Second Amendment, which reads as follows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
In addition, however, Americans have the right to purchase arms that are free from unreasonable dangers. In this respect, if a gun manufacturer knowingly builds a rifle and sells it to the public with a known -- and potentially deadly -- defect, the consumers who get hurt by such a rifle will have the legal right to pursue financial justice against the manufacturer in court.
One rifle that has killed many Americans
One rifle in particular, the Remington Model 700, is at risk of causing injury to the people who own it. For example, in one reported case, a man was safely unloading his Model 700 in the basement of his residence. Just as he removed the safety from his rifle, however, it went off. He only wanted to lift the bolt she he could safely remove the chambered cartridge, and he didn't make any mistakes while carrying out this procedure. The gun fired all by itself, and the bullet passed through the ceiling to hit the man's mother in the upper part of her leg. She required over a month of hospitalization to recover from the wound.
Tragically, the above case is far from being an isolated incident. Numerous people have suffered injury and death as a result of defective Remington Model 700 rifles. In fact, inappropriate murder charges have followed the inadvertent discharge of a Remington Model 700 that resulted in death.
Were you or a loved one injured by a defective firearm?
Guns, rifles and other firearms are useful for hunting and personal protection, but when they're prone to going off without pulling the trigger, like the Remington Model 700 firearm, they pose a threat to the public. If you or your loved one were hurt as a result of a defective weapon, make sure you learn about your legal rights and options under your state's personal injury laws.