Hi-Point at Center of Lawsuit

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A seven-year-old lawsuit in New York is coming closer to possibly affecting popular firearms manufacturer Hi-Point. The company has claimed exemption from the suit under the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, but this exemption was recently turned over by a New York court, allowing lawyers for Daniel Williams to pursue Hi-Point.

The Daniel Williams Case

New Yorker Daniel Williams was shot almost a decade ago, and is now suing the manufacturer of the gun he was shot with-- for being shot. He claims that Beemiller DBA Hi-Point, and their distributor MKS Supply, are culpable for his injuries. His legal team contends that the company sold the guns to a known supplier or straw-dealer that turned around and sold them on the streets of New York State. The dealer wound up buying and illegally reselling no less than 141 of the 180+ Hi-Points they bought legally.

Red Flags

Many feel that the logic of going after Hi-Point is a stretch in the case attempting to lay the blame on the manufacturer. Judge Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge, in an interview on the case as a political and senior judicial analyst said that this case could set a dangerous precedent in that it is trying to find culpable a defendant who is so far removed from the actual crime. He asked, "Should General Motors have to pay for every automobile accident because one of their cars ends up in the hands of somebody who is a lousy driver?"

Another red flag in this lawsuit is that it is being paid for not by a local attorney to Williams, but by Washington, D.C.-based Brady Center. The Brady Center, as you may know is the same Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence that helped bring you Handgun Control Inc., the federal Assault Weapons Ban, STOP, and other neat pieces of legislation.

Hi-Point's Take on the matter

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An excellent article by Rachel Dissell of the Cleveland Plain Dealer gives a good interview with Tom Deeb, the owner of Hi-Point. In the article Deeb is quoted as saying that "the Brady Center is misguided in targeting his company, he said. More than any other gun manufacturer in the world, Deeb said, he has shown a commitment to keeping his product out of the hands of criminals -- an effort that has been widely recognized by law enforcement officials."

In fact, Deeb personally and Hi-Point in general has been presented with multiple awards from firearms examiner association, law enforcement groups, and others for their assistance with their efforts to investigate crimes. The company regularly offers training to crime scene and forensics personnel to help them identify firearms used in the commission of criminal acts. These are hardly the acts of one who would provide illegal arms to those who would cause mayhem.

Hi-Point pistols are claimed to be used disproportionally in crime. While this may be true, it should also be realized that Hi-Point pistols are the most affordable handgun currently in production on the market. This fact has made Hi-point the number 4 manufacturer in the country in terms of pistols sold according to the ATF. With so many of these inexpensive firearms in the hands of citizens, of course the number of those stolen in burglaries of homes and autos will be disproportionally higher. Furthermore, if you are a straw buyer who was given $150 to buy a firearm for your buddy who can't legally get one, there aren't many options-- thus illustrating the gun's popularity.

This same factor, low price and reliability, also show why the humble Hi-Point the only effective means that those who only have $150 to devote to a firearm to save their family, is so popular. There is nothing in the Second Amendment that says you only have a right to buy an expensive gun.

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January 23, 2013  •  02:37 PM
sounds like the Brady center is just using it's deep pockets to harass gun-makers in general - raising the cost of doing business and trying to create a more hostile business environment with the threat on constant lawsuits regardless of merit.
February 13, 2013  •  03:06 PM
So when do we sue all those ski mask manufactures, the auto industry, the state D.O.T. and the GPS makers....using the same logic all of the above have helped bank robbers do the crime,evade the law and conseal their faces....yeah thats how these morons thinks when thye want to keep us safe!
There isn't a case here, the gun worked and thats the way Hi Point builds them, if anything is a glowing statement my gun works and you proved it in a court of law!!!
So when do we sue the Brady Center for creating and fostering a hate filled bias that cause's people to be killed with its falsehood about gun ownership and self defense!
April 26, 2013  •  09:38 PM
Counter sue. The man and his counsel is obviously only seeking a higher payout. If honest prosecution is his real goal, he should only go as far as charging the shooter and the straw buyer. A manufacturer cannot be held accountable for what an individual does with its product. Also counter sue the Brady Center for financially backing a client who is gilty of slander, attempt to bankrupt, wrongful prosecution and an attempt to wrongful gains.
April 26, 2013  •  09:44 PM
Maybe Daniel Williams should sue the state of New York. If New York was not so anti gun maybe Daniel could have defended himself by shooting back.
June 21, 2013  •  01:30 AM
The plantiff is motivated by______________________. Fill in the blank.
June 22, 2013  •  08:49 AM
@uncle jerky Greed. And a very left wing agenda
July 30, 2013  •  09:55 PM
That's it I'm sueing Anhieser Busch for selling me beer that got me drunk, which because I was drunk I fell on my a$$ and bruised my rear end. Its all Budweiser's fault.
August 23, 2013  •  08:02 AM
My Neighbor's dog pooped in my lawn...

I'm going to sue ALPO

Laugh all you want but here in Connecticut the ANTIs have WON the war..
ALL of our Connecticut Gov & his staff, Legislators, Washington DC reps & senators , DEMS AND Republicans
Have effectively STOMPED the 2nd Amendment.
Mandatory Registrations, and HIPONTs are now classified as assault weapons.
FOLKS.... GET OUT and VOTE !!!!!!!!
September 23, 2013  •  02:31 PM
I got a high-point for many reasons. First I enjoy marksmanship and this is affordable on my budget and made in America. Second if ever needed for defending my home its big, its ugly (in a loving sort of way), and its reliable.

What more can you ask for in a gun that will be used mainly for a hobby, but also as a ohh shit, baby call 911 while i grab my hand held 911.