A federal judge decided not to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against P320 maker Sig Sauer and instead will move forward. This decision is a setback for Sig Sauer as they have been battling lawsuits shortly after the public discovered that the P320 pistol might not be drop safe.
Early identification of a P320 drop-fire issue —
In 2014 Sig Sauer's P320 pistol gained notoriety for its durability and modularity. In 2017, Sig beat out competitors to earn the government's military handgun contract. The Army notified Sig Sauer during rigorous testing that they discovered the P320 had drop safety issues and could fire if dropped at a specific height and angle. Sig appears to have addressed those issues with component modifications.
Shortly after, or simultaneously a civilian firearms shop called Omaha Outdoors took a civilian-market P320 and demonstrated the drop-safety issue on a video posted to YouTube. The case quickly became a drama amongst gun owners. We posted what we knew at the time in this article.
Sig's response —
Sig didn't initially issue a safety recall and asserted the P320 was safe. However, later in 2017, Sig offered a ‘voluntary upgrade' to civilian P320s. The upgrade addressed the issues that allowed the P320 to fire when dropped.
Reports surfaced of reported P320s firing rounds without anyone pulling the trigger, even when someone didn't drop the gun. Some of these instances involved guns that had already received the upgrade. Some cases undoubtedly had nothing to do with the gun's design and resulted from user negligence. However, it became hard to separate fact from fiction and determine if the P320 was safe or not.
Lawsuits against Sig Sauer —
It is not uncommon for companies to issue safety recalls and bulletins to fix issues with guns. And, contrary to gun-grabbing politicians, the PLCAA does not shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits. Gun manufacturers who purposely sell firearms with safety issues don't tend to stay in business long.
Sig Sauer settled some of the lawsuits out of court, but a 2019 lawsuit filed by an Arizona law enforcement officer called Derek Ortiz persisted. Eventually, many lawsuits, including Ofc. Ortiz's became a single class-action lawsuit.
When will the P320 drama end —
The judge's refusal to dismiss the civil suit against Sig Sauer doesn't mean the plaintiffs will win. Perhaps the judge's ruling will ultimately allow the Sig P320 drama to conclude. I am sure that as much as the plaintiffs want to move on, so does Sig Sauer. I don't have any skin in the game, and even I would prefer this chapter to end.
What do you guys think?