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Brandon's Arms

If this story is to be believed, this might be the first time I agree with suing the gun folks. It sounds like they did not act responsibility and indeed hid the fact of the safety.

While I am a staunch advocate of the Right to Bare Arms, this young man seems to have a valid case and his moxy should be applauded.

Dave and I discussed this, and if the facts as presented are true, it sounds like a defective gun.

This is of course my point of view. If there is more on this subject I would love to know more. The link below takes you to his site.

Frankly I would be interested in a discussion of this article if anyone is interested. Companies like this give those who are honest a bad name and a platform to scare.

1 posted on 08/12/2004 6:37:28 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick
Heck, anyone that closes down Bryco is doing the gun industry a favor. A worse firearm you could not find.

Well, except maybe Jennings.

2 posted on 08/12/2004 6:38:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Former Military Chick
While I am a staunch advocate of the Right to Bare Arms,

I prefer long sleeves myself but, to each his own. :=)

3 posted on 08/12/2004 6:40:05 AM PDT by Bob (Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.)
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To: Former Military Chick
When he was seven, Brandon Maxfield was accidentally shot in the face when a Bryco pistol discharged while being unloaded. As a result, Brandon is permanently paralyzed below the neck. In Maxfield v Bryco, a unanimous jury found Bryco Arms responsible for its defective design and for Brandon Maxfield’s injuries and medical expenses.

1. Always treat a gun like it is loaded

2. Always point a gun in a safe direction

3. Never point a gun at a person

Yep - Sounds like the gun's fault...

4 posted on 08/12/2004 6:41:21 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Former Military Chick

You can't get a round out of the chamber of a 1911, which is one of the most popular handguns of all time, without taking the safety off.

No firearm can make an operator follow the two most basic rules of firearm safety:

Always point the muzzle in a safe direection.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

P.S. Some people shouldn't "bare" their arms in public.


6 posted on 08/12/2004 6:44:13 AM PDT by DrNo
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To: Former Military Chick; All
Maxfield, a resident of Mendocino County north of San Francisco, was shot in 1994 by a baby sitter who was trying to unload a .380-caliber Bryco handgun. The shooting left him a quadriplegic. Because of the gun's design, its safety mechanism had to be released to unload the round in the semiautomatic's chamber.

WTF??? Can anyone identify for me any semiauto pistol which can be cleared while the "safety" is engaged? Jennings may have been crap pistols, but the baby sitter was clearly violating Rule 2, and probably Rule 3 as well.

7 posted on 08/12/2004 6:45:12 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Even an unsafe gun should be pointed in a safe direction when loading, unloading, cleaning, etc...


29 posted on 08/12/2004 7:44:29 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (We live in a wonderful country where any child can grow up to be the next Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Former Military Chick
The shooting left him a quadriplegic. Because of the gun's design, its safety mechanism had to be released to unload the round in the semiautomatic's chamber.

Note to ignorant reporter: that's not a flaw, it's a failure of the imbecile who pointed the gun at another human being while manipulating a firearm. Unless, of course, one considers the 1911 flawed since I can't retract the slide witht he thumb safety engaged.

38 posted on 08/12/2004 8:04:49 AM PDT by RogueIsland
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To: Former Military Chick
This same principle could be used to shut down Colt for 1911s. And no doubt this will be applied retroactively to guns made 50-100 years ago.
42 posted on 08/12/2004 9:33:02 AM PDT by jordan8
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To: Former Military Chick
was shot in 1994 by a baby sitter who was trying to unload a .380-caliber Bryco handgun

This was a horrible law suit. Explain to me how it's the gun company's fault that someone was stupid enough to point a gun at someone while unloading it?

And as far as having to disengage the safety to unload, this is the case with a lot of semi-auto guns. Heck, the glock 19 I carry doesn't even have a safety (using the classical definition of safety here) and I wouldn't carry any other way. If I pull the trigger it fires. If I pull the trigger while trying to unload it fires. If I point it at someone while pulling the trigger while unloading it fires.

So, in closing if I'm dumb enough to 1) point the gun at someone 2) take the safety off 3) try unloading the gun while still pointing it at someone, and 4) somehow pull or hit the trigger firing a shot into them, I'm the one that should be sued for 51 million, not the gun manufacturer!

48 posted on 08/12/2004 10:36:12 AM PDT by SirAllen (Liberalism*2 = Communism)
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To: Former Military Chick
Because of the gun's design, its safety mechanism had to be released to unload the round in the semiautomatic's chamber.

If that is true... can't argue with a Jury ruling that the manufacturers had a faulty product and liable for this persons injury.

52 posted on 08/12/2004 12:17:01 PM PDT by HamiltonJay ("You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.")
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