Grieving Dad Implores Court in Remington Gun Cases

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By Steven M. Sellers

Oct. 27 — Roger Stringer lost one son in 2011 to a gunshot from a Remington Model 700 rifle and saw another son imprisoned as a result.

The grieving father is now asking a federal court to “do what you can to keep this from happening to other families.”

Roger Stringer’s letter was filed Oct. 24 in the Western District of Missouri, the site of class litigation over alleged defects in the trigger assembly for Model 700 rifles ( Pollard v. Remington Arms Co. , W.D. Mo., No. 13-cv-00086, filed 1/28/13 ).

The letter may amplify concerns over the adequacy of notice of a preliminarily approved class settlement to 7.5 million gun owners over claims the rifle’s trigger assembly permits unintended discharges ( 44 PSLR 819, 8/8/16 ).

The two-page missive tells a horrific story of a son convicted for the killing of another son with a Model 700 rifle, and ends with Stringer’s report of a rifle recall notice he received more than five years after his youngest son’s death.

“On September 27, 2016, I got a postcard in the mail warning me of the potential hazard of the very gun that killed my youngest son,” Stringer wrote.

Stringer gave the Remington rifle to his teenaged son Zachary for deer hunting in 2008, according to the letter. It discharged in 2011, while in Zachary’s hands, killing his younger brother Justin.

The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Zachary’s manslaughter conviction in 2014, but information about the trigger mechanism may change his fate.

Roger Stringer’s letter states that an appeal of the conviction is being prepared based on the newly discovered evidence.

Public defender W. Daniel Hinchcliff, who represented Zachary Stringer in the Mississippi appeal, declined to comment Oct. 27.

A request for comment from Remington Arm wasn’t successful Oct. 27.

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