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SIG Sauer Faces More Lawsuits Over P320 Pistol

Todd Bookman/NHPR

Gun manufacturer SIG Sauer is facing two more lawsuits claiming its popular P320 pistol fired without a trigger pull.

Both lawsuits involve former law enforcement officers who allege that their P320s unintentionally discharged, leaving both men with severe leg injuries.

[You can read NHPR's previous coverage of concerns involving the P320 here.]

Court papers filed in a federal court in Kentucky by Stephen Mayes claim that on October 30, 2018, his P320 discharged “with no prompting while fully-seated in its holster.” The gun shot wound caused severe injury to Mayes’ thigh.

The second suit, filed in South Carolina, alleges that Thomas Frankenberry was severely injured inside a Chick-fil-A restaurant in 2016 after his P320 discharged “without the trigger or gun being touched.”

Both civil suits seek monetary damages. SIG Sauer, based in Newington, New Hampshire, has previously settled similar suits with others who alleged they were injured when their P320 fired unintentionally.

After a popular gun store announced it would stop carrying the weapon in 2017, SIG Sauer offered what it calls a voluntary upgrade of the P320 to make mechanical changes to the gun. 

The company hasn’t recalled the weapon, however, and continues to say it is safe in its original design.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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