CONCORD — New Hampshire gun maker SIG Sauer is facing another proposed class-action lawsuit involving claims the company’s P320 pistol can fire without the trigger being pulled.
The complaint, filed Friday in federal court in Concord on behalf of Arizona gun owner Derek Ortiz, claims the P320 pistol has a design flaw allowing it to discharge if dropped. The lawsuit claims the Newington-based company continued to sell the gun even after discovering its potential for malfunction.
The suit alleges SIG Sauer violated the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act and is similar to a proposed class-action claim in Texas and an additional claim in Missouri.
Attempts to reach a SIG Sauer spokesman Monday for comment on the lawsuit were unsuccessful.
In the lawsuit, attorneys for Ortiz claim he paid approximately $500 for a P320 in September 2016, after choosing the weapon partly because it was advertised by SIG Sauer as being “drop safe.”
The transit police force in Philadelphia pulled the pistol from service last month after an officer’s P320 allegedly fired without a trigger pull in a subway station.
In June, SIG Sauer settled a personal injury lawsuit with Marcie Vadnais, an officer with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia. Vadnais filed a $10 million suit in federal court against SIG Sauer, claiming she suffered serious leg wounds after her department-issued SIG Sauer P320 handgun fired without a trigger pull as she removed the weapon from her belt. The monetary award for the settlement agreement was not disclosed.