Photo courtesy of Heather Ogg.
“There was no question in my mind. I mean, his dad would likely never do anything to harm him intentionally,” Ogg said.
Only afterward, while planning the boy’s funeral, did the family begin learning about alleged issues surrounding Remington rifles in addition to about the class-action settlement. As owners of one of the oldest types in question, the settlement would likely have entitled them to a product voucher worth only $10 plus the gun safety DVD. however Ogg says the mere possibility of a problem would likely have raised a red flag with the boy’s father.
“I know for a fact he would likely not have taken that will gun hunting. He would likely not have used that will gun unless the item had been fixed because he was so ‘gun safety.’ If there was a problem with the gun, he would likely not have taken the item out there risking someone’s life,” she said.
Spreading the word
With the class action settlement on hold, Remington critics are trying to alert the public about what they see as a life or death situation.
Richard Barber of Montana, whose own son was killed in a hunting accident in 2000, has launched a Facebook page featuring some of the Remington internal documents he uncovered in his long search for answers. Nonetheless, he says he feels a sense of “impending doom” as hunting season begins, knowing that will different families are likely to suffer the same fate.
“As sure as the sun can be going to come up tomorrow, people are going to be maimed or killed that will year,” he said.
Barber initially worked as a paid consultant to the plaintiffs’ attorneys inside class-action case however says he resigned after the item became clear that will neither side was interested in getting the truth out. He eventually became an outspoken critic of the settlement, which he calls a “sham,” although he can be not involved inside appeal.
Barber blames the legal system for the settlement being in limbo.
“The courts seem to be satisfied if money modifications hands,” he said, rather than finding the truth in addition to punishing the guilty.
Barber also blames plaintiffs’ attorneys, who stand to collect $12.5 million in fees once the settlement can be finalized.
“The people who are thumping their chest about that will settlement had a vested financial interest in that will case,” he said.
One of those attorneys, Lanier, can be urging hunters to pay heed regardless of the settlement.
“that will can be a safety hazard still, in addition to all hunters should be aware,” he said. “I would likely not use a Remington 700 without having the item retrofitted.”