Cabela's sued over 'exploding' rifle sold at Tualatin store
Retail outfitter Cabela's is among three companies facing a $1.53 million lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court by a former customer claiming it was negligent in selling him a rifle that "ruptured and exploded" as he shot it off at a Clackamas County firing range last year.
Daniel Schaefer filed the lawsuit last Tuesday, Sept. 12, seeking $33,829.29 in economic damages and $1.5 million in noneconomic damages from Cabela's and manufacturers Dikar S. Coop and Blackpowder Products Inc.
The suit alleges Schaefer bought a CVA Wolf .50-caliber rifle at the Cabela's location in Tualatin in December 2014, but the first time he used it, at a private gun range in the Molalla area last September, the barrel of the weapon exploded after 10 rounds fired, causing injuries described as causing "permanent pain, swelling, numbness, and disfigurement on the left side of his face."
Along with blaming Cabela's and the manufacturers for breach of warranty and holding them liable for the "unreasonably dangerous condition" of the rifle, the suit singles out Cabela's for negligence in selling the rifle without "reasonable quality control procedures."
"Cabela's had a duty to ensure that the firearms it sold were safe for their ordinary use," the suit reads in part.
A spokeswoman for Cabela's referred comment to corporate communications, which did not respond to a request for comment on the suit.