30 Loy. L. A. L. Rev. 1557 (1996-1997)
Ultrahazardous Products Liability: Providing Victims of Well-Made Firearms Ammunition to Fire Back at Gun Manufacturers

handle is hein.journals/lla30 and id is 1585 raw text is: ULTRAHAZARDOUS PRODUCTS
LIABILITY: PROVIDING VICTIMS OF
WELL-MADE FIREARMS AMMUNITION TO
FIRE BACK AT GUN MANUFACTURERS
John P. McNicholas* and Matthew McNicholas**
I. INTRODUcTION
A. The Petit & Martin Massacre of 1993 Illustrates That the Sole
Purpose of Assault Weapons is to Kill as Many People as Possible
in the Shortest Amount of Time
On July 1, 1993, seven innocent people were brutally mur-
dered and six others injured when Gian Ferri walked into the con-
ference room of Petit & Martin, a now-defunct San Francisco law
firm, and opened fire with two TEC-DC9 semiautomatic military
assault pistols (TEC-DC9).1 Both of Ferri's guns were equipped
* Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; B.A., 1958, Univer-
sity of California at Los Angeles; 1958-1962, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Fellow,
International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers and
Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates; Past President, American Board of Trial
Advocates, Los Angeles.
** Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge William J. Rea, Central District of
California; B.A., with honors, 1994, University of California at Los Angeles; J.D., 1997,
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
This Article is dedicated to DeDe McNicholas, wife of John and mother of Mat-
thew, whose love and support made possible our legal careers, which have given birth to
this work. We would also like to thank Professor Daniel P. Selmi of Loyola of Los Angeles
Law School for reviewing drafts of this Article and for his invaluable insight and com-
ments.
1. See First Amended Complaint for Damages for Wrongful Death, Negligence, Strict
Liability, Punitive Damages (Survival) and Unfair Business Practices at 1, Sposato v.
Navegar, Inc., No. 960937 (Super. Ct. S.F. County, June 22, 1994) [hereinafter
Complaint]. This is Stephen and Meghan Sposato's first amended complaint against the
manufacturers of the TEC-DC9, the high-capacity bullet magazines, and the Hell-Fire trig-
ger system enhancement as well as the pawn shop that sold one of the guns to Ferri. This is
the only complaint referred to throughout this Article. As there were seven bystanders
killed and six others injured, several different complaints have been filed. However, this
Article refers only to the Sposato's complaint.
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