Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety recently filed a lawsuit, naming Daniel Defense. The frivolous Uvalde lawsuit attempts to place blame on Daniel Defense for the awful tragedy. It continues a practice most famously exercised against the former Remington Outdoor Group. And it means to bring the firearms industry to its knees. This follows a previous Uvalde Class Action Lawsuit, filed in August. Marty Daniel, CEO of Daniel Defense, issued a response today.
Daniel Defense Statement on Uvalde Lawsuit
As loyal customers and friends, you may be aware that this week gun-grabber Michael Bloomberg and Everytown for Gun Safety has brought a frivolous lawsuit against Daniel Defense blaming us—not the shooter—for the Uvalde tragedy. This lawsuit is yet another in a growing line of blatant and legally unfounded attempts to bankrupt the firearms industry. We reject and will vigorously defend against these politically motivated attempts to blame Daniel Defense for the criminal actions of others, as well as to undermine your means of self-defense secured by the Second Amendment.
An Erosion of Public Trust
The erosion of public trust and personal responsibility in our nation has only served to embolden criminals and instigate crime waves across the country. Michael Bloomberg is the same person who wanted to blame obesity on soda cup size; now he wants to shift blame from the shooter to the firearm manufacturing industry. However, the political tide is turning due to surging numbers of first time gun buyers who appear to recognize that their personal safety is their personal responsibility. At Daniel Defense, it is our honor to provide millions of women, minorities, and other first time buyers the very best means to ensure their safety in an unsure world.
On behalf of all veterans and members of the military, we find former New York City Mayor Bloomberg and Everytown’s insinuation that the actions of our military can in any way inspire the mass murder of school children to be deeply insulting and baseless. To imply that images portraying the heroic work of our soldiers risking their lives in combat inspires young men back home to shoot children is inexcusable.
From its inception, Daniel Defense has been committed to promoting responsible firearms ownership and has built its reputation on its unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the law-abiding citizens who protect their homes, connect with their children, and put food on the table with our products. Daniel Defense stands with Americans everywhere who will not be bullied into silence or political inaction as the freedoms and protections ensured by the Second Amendment are under attack.
We are proud of our company, our products, and our community. We stand ready to defend ourselves and your freedoms before the public and the court.
CEO, Daniel Defense, LLC
The anti-gun community continues its well-orchestrated plan to attack the industry at every turn. We already saw the damage these lawsuits can inflict. The Remington Sandy Hook lawsuit helped cripple that company, ultimately leading to bankruptcy. The final victory came when Remington Outdoor Company fell to the auction block.
Everytown for Gun Safety remains on a mission to erode the 2nd Amendment. This political-driven machine regularly pivots between attacking the NRA and legitimate American businesses of the firearm industry. We must support firearms companies subject to illegal, frivolous lawsuits. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act should shield manufacturers from this insanity. A madman entered that school and massacred children. No one associated with Daniel Defense or any other gun company played any part. We must stand up against this legal action. The fate of the 2nd Amendment depends upon it.
On August 23, 2022, Ballistic reported:
A California civil rights attorney announced plans to launch a massive $27 billion lawsuit, on the behalf of victims’ families, against eight different defendants in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The Uvalde class action lawsuit will name Daniel Defense, the school system and several different law enforcement agencies involved in the response to Robb Elementary School in May.
Uvalde Class Action Lawsuit
“What we intend to do (is) to help serve this community, and that is to file a $27 billion civil right lawsuit under our United States Constitution, one-ofa-kind in the world,” said attorney Charles Bonner of Bonner & Bonner Law, reported ksat.com.
The lawsuit will name the gunman’s uncle, who allegedly drove the shooter Oasis Outback–also named–where the transfer took place. Law enforcement named include three local agencies, along with state and federal agencies. Finally, it names Daniel Defense, a move reminiscent of the Sandy Hook lawsuit and eventual settlement that helped take down Remington Outdoor Company.
“We have the school police, OK, Arredondo, we have the city police, and we have the sheriffs and we have the Texas Rangers, the DPS and we have the Border Patrol,” Bonner said, reported ksat.com. “There will be some institutional defendants as well, such as school board or such as City Council or such as the City of Uvalde.”
- Daniel Defense: Manufacturer of the alleged gun used
- Oasis Outback: Shop where gun was transferred
- Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department
- Uvalde Police Department
- Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- U.S. Border Patrol
- Gunman’s Uncle: Allegedly drove shooter to the gun shop
The suit will allege the victims suffered violations to their right of life under the 14th Amendment. Bonner’s team in the suit include a local Uvalde law office and Everytown for Gun Safety, reported ksat.com.
“People have a right to life under the 14th Amendment and what we’ve seen here is that the law enforcement agencies have shown a deliberate conscious disregard of the life,” Bonner said. “Everyone in this world are hurting and bleeding about what is happening here in Uvalde. And it’s up to us to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The Uvalde shooting became one of America’s most disturbing mass shootings, killing 19 students and two teachers. No argument can ignore the magnitude of this horrific tragedy and loss of life.
Yet the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act remains law in this land. Daniel Defense, much like Remington before it, burdens no responsibility in how firearms get used in the world. Period. The Assault Weapons Ban expired. The Connecticut Supreme Court allowed Remington to be targeted. It should have never happened.
The AR-15, and other semi-auto weapons, remain legal to manufacture, own, carry and use in many states–especially Texas. Any federal judge worth a grain of salt should kick their inclusion in this lawsuit to the curb.
We’ve all seen the videos posted on Uvalde. It sure appears the boots on the ground made a litany of mistakes responding to this active shooter. The fault lies not with Daniel Defense.