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New Legal Assault on Firearm Makers: Some Guns May Be Dangerous

From the no-shit file, the law­mak­ers are con­tin­u­ing to go even fur­ther to infringe upon every­ones rights.

Here’s what the idiots at Bloomberg report -

Trou­ble is brew­ing in New Eng­land for gun man­u­fac­tur­ers. The Mass­a­chu­setts attor­ney gen­er­al has launched an inno­v­a­tive inves­ti­ga­tion of major firearm mak­ers based on her state’s expan­sive con­sumer-pro­tec­tion law.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
Mass­a­chu­setts Attor­ney Gen­er­al Mau­ra Healey
Pho­tog­ra­ph­er: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The probe tar­gets at least two companies—Glock Inc. and Rem­ing­ton Out­door Co.—and pos­si­bly oth­ers. The inves­ti­ga­tion came to light because of law­suits the gun com­pa­nies recent­ly filed seek­ing to block or nar­row the Mass­a­chu­setts safe­ty inves­ti­ga­tion, call­ing it over­ly intru­sive. The defen­sive lit­i­ga­tion stat­ed that Attor­ney Gen­er­al Mau­ra Healey is demand­ing that Glock and Rem­ing­ton sur­ren­der a wide range of inter­nal doc­u­ments, includ­ing safe­ty-relat­ed com­plaints from cus­tomers.

Glock is Aus­tria-based and con­trolled by its founder, 87-year-old Gas­ton Glock. Begin­ning in the mid-1980s, the company’s  pis­tols rev­o­lu­tion­ized the hand­gun mar­ket with their large ammu­ni­tion capac­i­ty and light­weight, most­ly plas­tic frame. Rem­ing­ton, 200 years old and based in Madi­son, N.C., is part of Free­dom Group, which, in turn, is owned by a New York pri­vate equi­ty firm by the name of Cer­berus Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment.

Since the Glock was intro­duced in Amer­i­ca 30 years ago, crit­ics have said its design makes it more like­ly than oth­er hand­guns to fire acci­den­tal­ly. For exam­ple, the Aus­tri­an gun fires with rel­a­tive­ly lit­tle pres­sure from the shooter’s index fin­ger, and it has an uncon­ven­tion­al safe­ty mech­a­nism built into its trig­ger, which some detrac­tors say is inef­fec­tive. The com­pa­ny has respond­ed that with prop­er train­ing and care­ful tech­nique, users will avoid acci­den­tal dis­charges.

Rem­ing­ton has had safe­ty issues of its own. The com­pa­ny recent­ly recalled two lines of rifles man­u­fac­tured from 2006 through ear­ly 2014 because of acci­den­tal dis­charges. The recall notice stat­ed to own­ers that “any unin­tend­ed dis­charge has the poten­tial for caus­ing injury or death. Imme­di­ate­ly stop using your rifle until Rem­ing­ton can inspect it to deter­mine if the XMP trig­ger has excess bond­ing agent used in the assem­bly process, which could cause an unin­ten­tion­al dis­charge.”

The Boston Globe, which broke this sto­ry on Sept. 1, report­ed that, in her court fil­ing respond­ing to Glock’s suit, Healey argued that the manufacturer’s pis­tols are “prone to acci­den­tal dis­charge” and that the com­pa­ny may have been warned about the prob­lem by cus­tomers but still failed to act. “Respond­ing to Glock’s law­suit,” the Globe added, Healey referred to “news sto­ries about a sheriff’s deputy acci­den­tal­ly fir­ing a Glock pis­tol in San Francisco’s Hall of Jus­tice, a Los Ange­les police offi­cer who was par­a­lyzed from the waist down after his 3-year-old son acci­den­tal­ly fired his Glock pis­tol, and aMass­a­chu­setts man who was danc­ing at a July 4th par­ty when his Glock hand­gun fired while it was in his pock­et.”

Guns, it’s worth not­ing, are one of the only prod­ucts not reg­u­lat­ed by the fed­er­al Con­sumer Prod­uct Safe­ty Com­mis­sion.

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