My name is Judy Just Price and I have a conceal carry permit to carry a handgun in New Mexico. On November 24, 2009, I was almost killed from a defective Taurus Millennium handgun. It discharged when my holster with my gun in it fell to the floor. Upon impact, it discharged- sending the bullet up into my stomach and the bullet stopped in my liver–where it still remains. I was NOT touching the trigger in any way. The trauma doctor told my husband that there was 50/50 chance whether I would survive the accident. I was in a comma for 9 days and I was on life support for 5 days. Thanks to God, prayers and a great trauma doctor – I did live, but it was a long journey for my husband and I. I had 12 surgeries to repair the damage, and I could have complications in the future from so much scar tissue. Modern day firearms are supposed to be drop safe. Taurus’s millennium guns are not.
My husband contacted Mr. Todd Wheeles at Morris Haynes, Attorneys at Law after we learned that my accident with the Taurus defective gun was accident number two. Accident number one was represented by Morris Haynes, Attorneys at Law. We contacted Mr. Wheeles and he was interested in our case and quickly made plans to come out to New Mexico to meet and personally speak with us. That made us feel like help was on the way. He was professional, caring, concerned, friendly, and he has knowledge about weapons. He understood exactly what I said had happened when the accident occurred.
It took about a year before we could go forward with any legal action with Taurus because I was still not well, and it was imperative that I be as healthy as possible. Mr. Wheeles had a great plan- In February of 2011, Mr. Wheeles found an outstanding videographer who he hired to tell my story to Taurus (which is on line). It was an excellent idea and a great way for the Taurus gun company to get to know what happened and get to know me and my family. In August 2011, I settled with the Taurus Gun Company. The Taurus Gun company, Mr. Wheeles, a local judge, and my husband and I sat down and came up with a settlement. I was very happy that I didn’t have to go court. Mr. Wheeles was very professional, knowledgeable, supportive, and he immediately took control of the meeting. Within an hour, we had settled. No amount of money could ever be enough to make me feel better for what the Taurus Gun Company put us through. Since the settlement, I have been able to share my settlement with my family and friends in need. I know of at least one hundred other accidents world-wide with the Taurus guns. The gun is produced in Brazil and the Brazilian government makes their police officers carry this gun. I have personally been interviewed by the Brazilian media via skype and I keep in contact with the police officers who have been injured when this gun has unintentionally discharged. The Taurus Gun Company has no scruples, and will not acknowledge that this weapon is defective. Please do not buy any Taurus guns – it may cost you your life. You can google my videos and story by using Judy Just Price and Taurus Gun Accident.