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Careless Handling of Firearms a Catalyst for Tragic Firearm Accidents

March 13, 2012

Firearms when not safely manufactured, used or stored can result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Thousands of people are killed annually in firearm accidents according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these victims are children who are involved in accidental shootings where the firearm was not properly secured.

Tragically, unsecured guns and rifles result in many “I didn’t know it was loaded” firearm accidents annually. Some gunshot accidents involve hunting accidents or defective firearms that are unsafe or malfunction because they are not properly maintained.

A bizarre tragedy reported in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a reminder of the extreme dangers that firearms pose when they are not handled responsibly. A woman repeatedly discharged her weapon at a pit bull named “Cocaine” that had apparently lunged at some children and allegedly tried to attack the children. The woman fired at the pit bull and struck her husband in the chest resulting in fatal wounds.

Gunshot accidents are often the result of negligence by the gun owner who fails to properly safeguard a pistol or rifle. Firearms should always be safely secured in a gun vault or other secure enclosure and kept away from children. Unfortunately, statistics from the CDC indicate that there are over 1.7 million homes with firearms that are not locked up and secured from children. This is even more alarming when considering a study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine indicating almost 40 percent of children know where their parent’s gun is kept and that 22 percent of children admit handling their parent’s gun despite being warned about the danger by their parents.

Negligence can contribute to firearm accidents in other ways. Someone who improperly handles a firearm may cause serious gunshot injuries or fatalities. Many times gunshot accidents occur because gun owners lack proper training and experience or exercise poor judgment. It is important to exercise the responsibility to learn how and when to use a firearm.

A firearm that is defectively designed or manufactured may also cause a gunshot accident. If the gun manufacturer produces a defective pistol or rifle that causes a gun shot injury, the gunshot victim may have a right to bring a product liability lawsuit based on negligence or strict liability against the manufacturer or retailer of the defective firearm. Faulty assembly resulting from substandard instructions and poor design also can cause a firearm to malfunction resulting in life-altering injuries and wrongful death. A firearm may also malfunction because of defective or improperly manufactured gun components.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury or you have lost a loved one to an accidental shooting, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represents Georgia accidental firearm victims in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Our experienced Atlanta gunshot accident attorneys have been representing personal injury victims for over 37 years.

Our Atlanta firearm accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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