By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against New Hampshire based gun manufacturer SIG Sauer.

Judge Joseph Laplante found Monday that Derick Ortiz, who filed the lawsuit in September, had adequately proved his standing for litigation, New Hampshire Public Radio reported.

Ortiz, of Snowflake, Arizona, alleges that a design flaw in the P320 could cause the gun to fire unintentionally when dropped.

Ortiz says he paid $500 for the pistol and would have paid less if he was aware of the flaw.

Lawyers for the Newington-based manufacturer argued in February that Ortiz was not harmed and that the company is already offering to fix all P320’s free of charge.

The case will now move to discovery if Laplante decides a class action suit is warranted hundreds of thousands of SIG owners could be eligible for compensation.

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