Thousands of people are hurt or killed every year in gun accidents. For any given episode of gun violence or firearm-related injury, there are multiple avenues of recovery that may be pursued. These may be against the individual gun handler for improper gun handling or negligent storage of the firearm. Manufacturers and retailers can also be pursued for designing, manufacturing, and selling defective products. Even landowners can be held responsible for injuries suffered due to unsafe conditions on their property.
It is important to realize that just because a firearm goes off, doesn’t always mean someone pulled the trigger. Poorly designed rifles, shotguns, and handguns can fire a round even when the trigger has not been pulled. The most common unintended discharges occur when the firearm is bumped or the safety is moved. Other defective firearms can discharge even with the safety on.