Injury risk from malfunctioning rifles

Date: Jun 20, 2014

Thousands of gun owners could be at risk following a recent call from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for consumers to return unsafe Remington rifles.

More than 21,000 Remington Model 700 and Model Seven with X-Mark Pro rifles have been imported from the US into Australia. The key concerns surround rifles manufactured between May 1 2006 and April 9 2014 that have been sold nationally by licensed dealers.

Of the 21,000 imported, 4,000 were still in the supply chain and have since been removed.This means there are thousands still at risk from malfunctioning around the country.

Delia Rickard, ACCC Deputy Chair, said all rifle owners should be checking the manufacture date on their gun to check whether they are at risk.

"The ACCC is concerned that around 17,000 rifles in the hands of gun owners across Australia may unintentionally discharge without touching the trigger," she said.

"These rifles are currently under recall in the United States. Although there have been no reports of injuries in Australia or the United States, care should be taken when handling these rifles."

Remington is offering replacement XMP triggers to all affected consumers and an investigation has determined the issue may stem from an excessive bonding agent used during manufacture.

The recall has been instigated in the interest of consumer safety according to Remington?.However, the ACCC has some simple suggestions for rifle owners who could be affected by the problem.

The safety regulator urges owners to cease using their rifle as an unintentional discharge has the potential to cause injury or death. Gun users should take extreme care when unloading – with the muzzle pointed away from anyone. The ACCC also suggests gun owners shouldn't try to repair or diagnose their rifle and should take it back to your licensed dealer.

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