Judge dismisses personal injury case against Glock

A federal judge dismissed a personal injury lawsuit against Glock last week after both parties settled the matter out of court.

The judge’s order contains few details about the agreement except to say both parties will bear their own costs and fees, according to court documents.

Both the plaintiff and the gun maker agreed to a protective order limiting public information about the legal proceedings prior to the dismissal.

The plaintiff, Larry Jones, a police officer from Arkansas, argued his Glock 19C pistol, a compact 9mm handgun, was defective because the design lacked adequate safety measures like a manual safety and a de-cocking device.

Jones’ argument stems from a June 2013 incident in which the gun discharged and struck his foot. At the time, he was at a shooting range trying to put a light on his weapon. He said it discharged without a pull of the trigger.

Glock largely dismissed allegations in its response and also said its design complies with a variety of federal, state and local regulations governing firearms.

Since its introduction three decades ago, Glock and its design features have become largely synonymous with handguns. The Austrian company, based in Smryna, Georgia, is one of the largest contractors for duty weapons in the world and supplies handguns for an estimated 65 percent of U.S. law enforcement departments.

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