Father Pushes Attorney to Press Charges Against Remington - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Father Pushes Attorney to Press Charges Against Remington

Posted: Updated:
MANHATTAN -

A Manhattan father is trying to pursue a lawsuit against Remington Arms 13 years after a weapon misfired killing his son. Now he's pressuring Montana's U.S. Attorney to file charges.

"Had I had this information available to me, I could of done something to effect the outcome of that day," said Richard Barber.

He said one of the most popular weapons in America has a serious flaw that can cause it to misfire. It's something he has personal experience with. In 2000, his wife released the safety lock on their 700-bolt-action rifle manufactured by Remington Arms Company as she prepared to load the gun. The gun fired, killing his 9-year-old son.

Now, Barber is trying to push the U.S. Department of Justice to prosecute Remington for criminal fraud, saying Remington knew about the malfunction in his case and others.

"Now that I believe I found the truth for the first time in 13 years, I have way more answers than I have questions and I feel a moral obligation to educate and inform others to prevent them from being similar tragedies," Barber said.

He has gone through thousands of documents trying to prove that Remington knew the rifle safety lock was defective.

He has discovered that there were many sealed documents pertaining to a lawsuit out of Butte in 1991, where a 14-year-old boy was shot through both legs when a Remington 700 fired after he released the safety lock. The documents were unsealed last year and Barber said the company knew about the rifle's malfunction early on.

In one of the documents Barber uncovered, a report dating back to 1947 from a test engineer hired by Remington states it is "possible to fire the gun by pushing the safety to the 'off' position."

"Virtually everything Remington told the public was a lie," Barber said. "They did that to intentionally deceive the public surrounding the safe utility of their bolt action rifle products."

ABC FOX MONTANA was not able to get in contact with Remington. But, in a statement they released to CNBC in 2010, they said the Remington 700 "has been free of any defect since it was first produced."

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Billings said it does not comment on ongoing investigations. Barber said he will continue to pursue legal action because he wants to ensure that everyone who uses Remington rifles is safe.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Ex-governor's trial may hinge on cryptic email

    Ex-governor's trial may hinge on cryptic email

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-09-03 06:44:42 GMT
    Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland is scheduled to return to federal court almost a decade after pleading guilty to political corruption.
    Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland is scheduled to return to federal court almost a decade after pleading guilty to political corruption.
  • Openings to resume in Detroit bankruptcy trial

    Openings to resume in Detroit bankruptcy trial

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 2:11 AM EDT2014-09-03 06:11:54 GMT
    An attorney for Detroit is set to resume his opening statement at the city's historic bankruptcy trial, after saying on the first day that Detroit needs the restructuring to survive.
    An attorney for Detroit is set to resume his opening statement at the city's historic bankruptcy trial, after saying on the first day that Detroit needs the restructuring to survive.
  • Detroit-area man faces prison for death on porch

    Detroit-area man faces prison for death on porch

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 1:53 AM EDT2014-09-03 05:53:08 GMT
    A suburban Detroit man who shot an unarmed woman on his porch could come face-to-face with her parents as he receives his sentence for second-degree murder.
    A suburban Detroit man who shot an unarmed woman on his porch could come face-to-face with her parents as he receives his sentence for second-degree murder.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Big Sky County District Employee Arrested and Detained

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:15:37 GMT
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
    Cyle Kokot, an employee of the Big Sky School District, has been arrested and detained. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested Kokot for two counts of "sexual intercourse without consent.
  • Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Photos from Fatal Missoula Shooting Scene

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:11:07 GMT
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
    One man is dead after a shooting outside of a Missoula Strip club.
  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:48 GMT
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
  • Chanin Starbuck Murder Case To Be On 'Dateline' Nationwide Friday Night

    Chanin Starbuck Murder Case To Be On 'Dateline' Nationwide Friday Night

    Thursday, July 11 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-07-12 01:23:04 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. – It's a classic show millions of Americans have watched for years and this week "Dateline" heads to the Inland Northwest showcasing a tragic murder that left a mother dead and a father behind bars.
    SPOKANE, Wash. – It's a classic show millions of Americans have watched for years and this week "Dateline" heads to the Inland Northwest showcasing a tragic murder that left a mother dead and a father behind bars. A little more than a month ago a jury convicted Clay Starbuck for the murder of his ex-wife Chanin Starbuck.
  • Search to Resume on Tuesday for Swimmer Missing on Ennis Lake

    Search to Resume on Tuesday for Swimmer Missing on Ennis Lake

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:56:06 GMT
    The search for a missing swimmer on Ennis Lake has ended for the night on Monday and will resume again Tuesday morning.
    The search for a missing swimmer on Ennis Lake has ended for the night on Monday and will resume again Tuesday morning.
  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mother remembers Gracie Snider

    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Mother remembers Gracie Snider

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:00:41 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Two little girls, best buddies, spent the day playing soccer at a central Washington tournament in May. Gracie Snider and Ayla James were riding back from the game, laughing and talking like friends do.But just a few miles east of Ritzville on i-90 on May 3rd, the vehicle the girls were in hit a semi truck. Gracie didn't make it and Ayla was seriously hurt.
    KHQ.COM - Two little girls, best buddies, spent the day playing soccer at a central Washington tournament in May. Gracie Snider and Ayla James were riding back from the game, laughing and talking like friends do.But just a few miles east of Ritzville on i-90 on May 3rd, the vehicle the girls were in hit a semi truck. Gracie didn't make it and Ayla was seriously hurt.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.