California Jury Finds Gun Maker Partially Liable in Shooting of 7-Year-Old

A jury found a gun maker partially liable for a 1994 accidental shooting that paralyzed a 7-year-old boy.

Jurors began weighing whether to award damages to Brandon Maxfield on Tuesday, a day after finding that Bryco Arms and others bore some liability in the accident.

The boy was shot in the jaw by a family friend who was trying to unload a .38-caliber handgun.

The jury found Bryco 10 percent liable after concluding the company manufactured a defective firearm.

To unload the weapon, a user must first unlock the trigger lock -- a dangerous and flawed system, according to the boy's attorney, Richard Ruggieri.

Company officials declined comment Monday.

The jury said that one-third of blame for the shooting falls on Maxfield's parents for leaving a loaded weapon in their house. Jurors also found the shooter, William Moreford, 20 percent liable.

The gun's distributors were found 30 percent liable.

If the jury awards damages, each party may have to pay the percentage of its liability.

Ruggieri declined to say how much he was seeking.