Gun Accident Injuries Are More Likely With Weaker Safety Restrictions

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David Perecman, New York personal injury attorney, believes that the United States Supreme Court's decision to strike down gun control laws requiring that firearms kept at home be equipped with trigger locks or disassembled may increase the occurrences of personal injury lawsuits.

David Perecman, leading New York personal injury attorney, believes that the Court has set a dangerous precedent when it struck down the District of Columbia's strict gun control laws requiring that firearms kept at home be equipped with trigger locks or disassembled. According to the Court this trigger-lock requirement violates the Second Amendment that "protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense," because this gun control law makes it impossible for the gun to be useable for purposes of self-defense.

"By weakening the gun safety restrictions, you're increasing the risk of gun accident injuries," states David Perecman, "As more gun accidents occur, the courts will see personal injury lawsuits. Although it may no longer be illegal to fail to lock a gun, it still may be negligent to fail to do so."

Additionally, many legal experts disagree with the decision. Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote for the dissent, stated that the Second Amendment protects militia-related and not self-defense related interests.

"The Court's decision to strike down the District of Columbia's gun control laws puts into question many gun control laws in many states," states David Perecman, "New York could find its own state gun control laws called into question."

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 25 years, construction accident attorney David H. Perecman, the founder of New York personal injury attorneys, The Perecman Firm, PLLC has championed all types of personal injury and construction cases in New York State. David Perecman is the current Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law (Construction Accident Law) Committee. Mr. Perecman's achievements, often in the construction accident field, have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's 2008 Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's 2007 publication of "The Best Lawyers in America" and has earned him the votes by his peers as among the top 5% of lawyers in the New York region as published in The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition". He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career. Among his more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict* for an injured NYC construction worker who fractured his arm and injured his knee. Mr. Perecman has spent much of his career advocating for injured victims' rights, including his recent statements regarding New York City crane construction accidents. The New York personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm have a depth of expertise in and breadth of knowledge well recognized in NYC, while their record and reputation speaks for itself.

Notes: http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/06/supreme-court-i.html
*later settled while on appeal for $7.940

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