Air Rifle

14-year-old boy sustained eye injury when he was shot in the eye with a BB from an air rifle shot by his 14-year-old friend. The friend pointed the BB gun at the plaintiff and pulled the trigger. The air rifle was owned by the plaintiff's family. The plaintiff and his friend testified they believed the rifle was empty. The boy and his family brought suit against the air rifle manufacturer. They claimed the rifle was a powerful and dangerous weapon, but nevertheless marketed for use by children. They also alleged that the BB gun had an unreliable feed system which caused users to believe the gun was empty when in fact it was loaded. The 14-year-old boy lost his eye from the accident.[75]

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