CBS Sacramento: A federal court has rejected a challenge to California’s gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced. The ruling on Wednesday was a defeat for two gun rights groups that argued the Unsafe Handgun Act violated the constitutional right to bear arms. The law prohibits the manufacture or sale in California of any gun that doesn’t meet certain safety requirements. It was aimed at outlawing cheap [read more]
This is why I have always been an advocate of professional engineering registration for firearms designers. It has nothing to do with supposed qualifications to become a PE, but the legal liability associated with the license. I can speak from experience. This legal liability means something special and particular, and you want it in firearms design, whether you know it or not.
You want to follow all of the rules of safety, but you also want firearms that operate as intended because of the fidelity of the design. Malfunctions because of poor design or fabrication aren’t acceptable, because this defeats the design and operational philosophy of defense in depth. Yes, follow the rules, and yes, you should be able to rely on well designed products.
It isn’t “either-or.” It is “both-and.”
And we are presented with an example that precisely demonstrates what I said.
Winchester Repeating Arms has issued a recall on some of its SXP-model 12-gauge shotguns that the company says may fire while the discharge is being closed.
A YouTube video is making its way around the Internet showing a gun owner seemingly demonstrating the flaw with the gun’s safety on, although Winchester has not officially confirmed that the video is related (see video below).
Winchester issued the following recall:
“Winchester Repeating Arms has discovered that a limited number of SXP (3½-inch chamber) shotguns (also called the Super X Pump) may, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge while closing the action. Failure to return any affected shotguns for inspection and/or repair may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death.
“If you own one of the following firearms, please immediately contact our Winchester Consumer Administrative Center to find out if your firearm is affected and should be returned. Please be prepared to provide the serial number of your firearm.”
Guns listed under the recall include are the Waterfowl Hunter (26- or 28-inch barrel), Black Shadow (26- or 28-inch barrel), Turkey Hunter (24-inch barrel) and Long Beard (24-inch barrel).
The relevant video is below.
It’s best that Winchester is getting on top of this and issuing the recall. I hope they take full responsibility for the design deficiency. It would be more than Remington did with the 700 series trigger problems.