On Sunday, February 19, 2017, 60 Minutes aired its report on the defective Remington 700 rifles that can fire without the trigger being pulled. What is most disturbing about the report is the lengths that Remington went to in an effort to keep its customers and the public from knowing that its rifle was defective, including allowing a young man to go to prison for years for allegedly murdering his brother. Remington had told the prosecutors that the man’s story of the rifle suddenly firing on its own was impossible – leading to the man’s conviction which was only over turned after evidence of the defect came to light years later. For those of you who didn’t see the 60 Minutes report, here’s a link to it: www.cbsnews.com/news/popular-remington-700-rifle-linked-to-potentially-deadly-defects/. The public interest organization Public Justice fought to force Remington to produce the documents and demonstrated the defect and brought this all to light. The documents shown in the 60 Minutes report came from Public Justice’s own website: www.remingtondocuments.com.
In addition to broadcasting the report, 60 Minutes Overtime posted a supplemental piece on the web featuring former Public Justice client Richard Barber, who Public Justice helped gain public access to the documents: www.cbsnews.com/news/we-only-had-one-son-and-i-lost-him/
Despite the dangerous nature of the weapon, there are still 7.5 to 7.8 million of these rifles in the public’s hands. Owners need to know that the Remington 700 can fire – and maim or kill people – when no one pulls the trigger. Remington needs to be held accountable for its willingness (even now) to sacrifice lives to profits. And everyone needs to understand that court secrecy can kill and otherwise destroy families and lives.
Begam Marks & Traulsen has supported Public Justice with both time and money since its creation because of the invaluable work the organization does in the public’s interest, for those without a voice or the resources to fight for themselves. Members of the firm have served on the organization’s Board of Directors and executive board for decades and continue to do so today. We are very proud of Public Justice and our commitment to the Organization. Please consider joining Public Justice in its fight to protect our health, our safety, and our liberties.
Author: Richard P. Traulsen
Publication Date: February 21, 2017