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Remington 700 Rifles the Focus of 60 Minutes Investigative Report on Faulty Trigger Mechanisms and Spontaneous Firing

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In a feature that aired on CBS’ 60 Minutes on February 19, correspondent Lesley Stahl has brought to light that thousands of gun owners claim that their bolt-action Remington 700 rifles have been firing without the trigger being pulled. There is also a class-action lawsuit and recall for these rifles, which have a controversial trigger. This past week, a federal judge in Missouri has heard testimony from owners of the popular rifle, identifying that in thousands of cases, these rifles have fired without anyone squeezing the trigger. Remington, makers of the firearm, has for decades been deemphasizing the danger, stating that the complaints represent only a fraction of the rifles in existence. However, 10 attorneys general wrote the court identifying, “There are potentially as many as 7.5 million defective rifles at issue,” and that, “Remington knows or should know…they are unreasonably dangerous.”

Remington 700 Rifles the Focus of 60 Minutes Investigative Report on Faulty Trigger Mechanisms and Spontaneous Firing

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And avid hunters and gun lovers are trying to raise awareness about the rifle’s defect. In one instance, in particular, a young boy the age of 12 (at the time) was convicted and sent to prison for 10 years for the murder of his younger brother, resulting from what his father now believes was the faulty trigger. Gun safety in their home was considered paramount, and at the time, the father was unaware of the estimated 200 owner complaints to Remington regarding this flaw, including three police departments and video footage from rifle owners capturing the gun firing on its own after the safety was released. So unaware was he, that although his son explained what happened, he, in fact, testified against him in the trial, not believing that the gun fired on its own. In the 60 Minutes interview, he explained, “I did. I did. Because I’d never heard of a gun going off without a trigger being pulled. It made no sense.” Years later, through his own research, he has since come across the mountainous number of complaints and issues regarding the faulty trigger mechanism and the rifle spontaneously firing.

Remington 700 Rifles the Focus of 60 Minutes Investigative Report on Faulty Trigger Mechanisms and Spontaneous Firing
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