Do some research. It is entirely possible you are driving a car with an active recall on it. Why are you still driving it? You could potentially kill a lot of people with your car. How are your brakes and tires while we are at it?
There is no law that says someone who owns a recalled product NEEDS to send it back. Further - not everyone is aware of recalls when they happen. It is no small secret that manufacturers often like to "hide" recalls to A) save them money and B) To maintain brand confidence and reputation.
This issue - as tragic as it is has little to do with the firearm's mechanism and everything to do with improper handling/maintenance. The gun owner has clearly broken several cardinal rules of gun safety/ownership - any of which would have prevented this situation, recall or not.
The Remington trigger issue - though fairly widely known primarily affects pre-1982 700 rifles with the non x-mark trigger. It is also precipitated by rust (ie: lack of maintenence/cleaning), modifications or worn/broken parts. A properly cared-for 700 in good working order - even with the questionable trigger will not AD.
The questions I would be asking are:
- Why did he not unload the firearm before putting it in the case?
- Does he check his fire control group regularly and keep it clean/oiled?
- Does he clean his rifle regularly?
I am willing to bet the answers as to why this tragedy happened will be found within those 3 questions.
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