In 2012, a Congressional Research Service report found that there are more guns in circulation than there are people living in the United States. It is imperative that gun owners receive proper training and take the appropriate steps to keep their firearms out of the hands of untrained users. Unfortunately, even the most responsible gun owners can wind up involved in an accidental shooting if they have purchased a defective gun. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accidental shooting, a shooting accident attorney at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton in Provo, UT, can investigate your case to determine if the manufacturer was negligent or another party is responsible. Call (801) 370-0505 or use our online form to contact the firm today.
Unintentional shootings rank among the leading causes of gun deaths. Why do they happen?
Firearms safety courses are vital in teaching gun owners how to safely use their gun. Gun owners who did not undergo proper training are more likely to injure or kill someone in an accidental shooting than those who did.
When a child gets hold of a gun, the parent may be found legally responsible for failing to keep it in a secure place.
Accidents happen more often when people show off or play with guns, especially while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Not all guns are designed and manufactured correctly. If a weapon discharges on account of poor design or a manufacturing defect, the manufacturer can be held legally responsible for the damage that occurs.
Unintentional shootings rank among the leading causes of gun deaths.
When a responsible gun owner becomes involved in an accidental shooting, the manufacturer can be held liable if certain conditions are met:
Concerning the purchase of guns, you do not need a state permit to purchase a handgun, shotgun, or rifle. However, a licensed dealer must perform a criminal background check before selling you a firearm. If you have a concealed firearm permit, you may be exempt from this requirement if the dealer can verify that your permit is valid.
You do not need a state permit to possess a handgun, shotgun, or rifle. If you are a gun owner, you do not need a permit to carry a loaded firearm on your real property, residence, or a business under your control. You are required to have a permit in order to carry a loaded firearm on a public street, and unless securely encased, you may not carry a concealed firearm.
There are many measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of a firearm accident, including:
The seasoned team of personal injury attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton will examine your accidental shooting case to determine whether another party’s negligence caused your injury. To schedule a consultation, visit us online or call (801) 370-0505 right away.