Oakland, CA - The Legal Community Against Gun Violence (LCAV) honored Brandon Maxfield with their 2005 Distinguished Leadership Award at the organization's 12th anniversary dinner last month.
"I look forward to a time when we can work on other important issues, a time when we won't have to talk about dangerous guns anymore," Maxfield
told the crowd of more 700 that responded with a standing ovation.
received the award for his
courageous efforts to hold Bryco Arms accountable for their defective gun design.
was seven years old, Maxfield
was accidentally shot in the face by a defective Bryco "Saturday Night Special.
As a result, he
is permanently paralyzed below the neck.
In Maxfield v. Bryco, a unanimous jury found Bryco Arms responsible for its defective design and for Brandon's
injuries and medical expenses.
declared bankruptcy and has yet to compensate Maxfield
attempted to purchase Bryco's gun-making equipment at a bankruptcy auction last August.
He formed Brandon's Arms, a non-profit organization, which raised money to buy the assets to melt down the defective pistols and halt production.
Maxfield was outbid by Paul Jimenez, former Bryco plant manager.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Bill Lockyer posed for pictures with Maxfield and praised him in their comments.
is continuing his
fight to obtain compensation from Bryco Arms and to keep defective junk guns and crime guns off the streets.