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Jun 5, 2013 3:44 PM by Dennis Carlson - MTN News

Remington sued in Missoula over Model 700 rifle

A class action lawsuit filed in Missoula federal court targets the Remington Arms Company and its Model 700 rifle.

This latest suit joins three other suits in Florida, Washington and Missouri.

The 60-page suit, filed Tuesday, claims that, as early as 1946, the company knew the rifles trigger assembly was dangerous, causing it to fire without the trigger being pulled.

The lawsuit, which calls for a jury trial, asks for unspecified monetary damages, asks that Remington be required to repair or replace the plaintiff's rifles with suitable alternatives as well as require Remington to repay the profits to their customers from the sale of all five million Model-700 rifles sold since 1962.

"I think it's important for people to understand that this is not a gun rights issue. It's a gun safety issue. We are trying to protect the public by letting them know that these rifles can fire and do fire without notice," Belgrade attorney Richard Ramler said.
Between 1992 and 2004, 3,273 customer complaints have been filed with Remington.

Our calls to Remington on this story were not returned.

Click here to read entire legal brief.

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