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Posted: 3/12/2002 4:06:39 PM EDT
MARYLAND'S HIGHEST COURT RULES GUN MAKER NOT LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE . . . Reaffirming decisions from two lower courts, the Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Sturm, Ruger & Company in a case that sought to find the gun maker responsible for the accidental shooting death of a three-year-old Baltimore child. In absolving the company of liability, the court rejected the claim that the firearm was "defective" or "malfunctioned," concluding instead that the shooting was caused by the "carelessness" of the child's father who left the firearm unsecured and accessible "in contravention not only of common sense but of multiple warnings given to him at the time of purchase." The case, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, points out the continuing need of parental responsibility in firearm ownership. "This tragic accident was caused by the failure of a firearm's owner to act in a safe and responsible manner by following the most basic firearms safety messages and warnings provided to him by the manufacturer and the retailer that sold him the firearm," said Lawrence G. Keane, vice president and general counsel of NSSF. The suit is among a number of cases filed by the Brady Center (formerly Handgun Control, Inc.) that attempt to hold the firearm industry legally responsible for the criminal or negligent use of its products by others.
Link Posted: 3/12/2002 4:11:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2002 4:12:47 PM EDT by LotBoy]
The wins just keep pilling up!
Link Posted: 3/12/2002 4:46:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/12/2002 4:49:08 PM EDT
The fight's not over until legal fees are awarded and triple damages paid for frivolous and malicous litigation.
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