Glock, Remington Sue to Stop Massachusetts Investigation of Gun Safety

Remington and Glock have filed suit to block Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s attempt to investigate possible safety problems with guns manufactured by the companies.

The gun makers contend Healey’s investigation is just another one of her attempts to garner headlines above the folds of liberal newspapers, as well as further her campaign to cripple the firearms industry.

In Healey’s response to the Glock lawsuit, her attorneys said the AG’s office had no alternative because firearms are "one of the few products not regulated by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission."

The Boston Globe reported Healey used the powers provided by the Massachusetts consumer protection law to demand Remington and Glock turn over boxes full of documents including paperwork that would address safety-related complaints from customers, as well as how the companies responded.

“As the chief law enforcement office in Massachusetts, we are seeking that information to better inform our residents and to protect them from any safety or manufacturing issues with guns sold here,” Cyndi Roy Gonzalez said. “It’s unfortunate that these gun manufacturers have taken our office to court rather than comply with a simple request for consumer complaints and related information.”

If Healey’s suspicions are proved correct, people who carry Glock firearms are packing an accident waiting to happen.

"There are scores of public reports about defects involving firearms, including accidental firing, misfiring, overheating problems and low 'trigger pull' leading to horrific stories of accidental shootings by children," Gonzalez said.

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office response to the Glock lawsuit argued that Glock firearms are “prone to accidental discharge” and cites cases such as a sheriff’s deputy who accidentally fired a Glock pistol in San Francisco’s Hall of Justice.

“One deputy brought the handgun into the Hall of Justice and handed it to another deputy, who, asking how it worked, pointed it at the first deputy,” the Massachusetts AG Office response contended. “Unaware that it was loaded, he pulled the trigger. It barely missed the first deputy.”

Healey’s response also cited the case of an LAPD cop who was paralyzed from the waist down after his 3-year-old son accidentally fired his Glock, as well as the widely reported story of a 32-year-old man in Connecticut who was packing a Glock pistol in his pocket that went off while he was dancing.

But attorneys for Glock Inc. contended in their lawsuit that Healey cares far more about harassing the firearms industry than she does about people who might be injured by an accidental shooting.

Attorneys for Remington Arms Co. said Healey’s investigation is “unreasonable and excessively burdensome” because she is going after product files from every locale where Remington sells guns. They say less than 1 percent of the documents would relate to guns sold in Massachusetts.