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Can I sue Remington if my rifle fires on its own?

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2022 | Firm News

For gun owners, when you need your gun to work, you really need it to work. And, when you do not want your gun to fire, you really need it to not fire on its own. An accidental discharge can maim or kill you, a loved one, a friend or just an innocent bystander.

Unfortunately, for Texas Remington gun owners, you do not just have to worry about an accidental discharge, but the potential consequences.

The allegations

Going back as far as 2010, CNBC reported that Remington rifles have discharged without pressing the trigger. In other words, some Remington guns, reportedly, just shoot by themselves, and there have been grave consequences. News reports and lawsuits allege that dozens of people have been killed and hundreds seriously maimed.

No admission

According to Remington, there is no issue with any of their guns, but they have agreed to replace the trigger assembly of their most popular rifles, the Model 700, along with all their other guns that have the same trigger assembly.

Indeed, they have officially recalled thousands of guns to replace them with the new, Remington XMark Pro triggers. This recall affects the Model 700 and other bolt-action rifle models Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, 721, 722, 725 and the XP-100 bolt action pistol.

Remington claims that these guns have an “excess bonding agent” that could cause triggers to malfunction. Yet, they still maintain that their guns are safe.

What should owners do?

If you own a Remington gun, even if it is not a Model 700 rifle, you should take it to your local gun shop, dealer or smith. You can also reach out to Remington directly to see if they recalled your gun.

Even if the company did not recall your gun, you should probably have your gun examined by a professional to see if it has the problematic trigger assembly. If so, you should have it replaced. Nonetheless, for those that have experienced issues with their guns, especially those injured as a result, an attorney may be able to inform you of your rights and legal options.