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Ruger Gun Not Shown Defective; Injury Claims Tossed

June 13, 2018, 6:46 PM

Sturm, Ruger & Co. isn’t liable to a man injured by the alleged accidental discharge of his old-style revolver, a federal court in Alabama ruled June 12.

Plaintiff Shannon Wayne Garrison didn’t show a defect in Ruger’s Blackhawk single-action revolver under Alabama law—despite evidence of numerous similar incidents, including 273 injuries and 34 deaths, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama said.

Ruger based the model on a classic 19th century firearm, the Colt Model 1873 Single-Action Army Revolver, according to the court. It made the guns with modern materials and sold about 1.3 million of them...

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