Archive Page - 08/16/13 40 years, 2,169 covers and 54,876 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Nearly 30 Years After Brutal Killing, Authorities Reopen Cold Case of Denise Porter
- The Best Photos from the Week of Dec. 15- Dec. 21, 2014
- North Korea Experiences Severe Internet Outages Following Sony Cyber Attack
- From EW: J.K. Rowling Finally Gives Harry Potter Fans What They Want
- The Bachelor's Chris Soules: 'I'm in Love!'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Monday December 22, 2014 07:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- August 16, 2004
- Vol. 62
- No. 7
A Teen Paralyzed by a Bullet Plans to Buy—and Close—a Gun Manufacturer
He's also good for a fight: In an Aug. 12 court auction, Maxfield hopes to buy the company that manufactured the gun that injured him, and then he plans to melt its inventory of gun parts in a furnace. Through his Web-based nonprofit Brandon's Arms, he has raised $175,000, $25,000 more than the highest existing bid. "He's a very determined kid," says his mother, Susan Stansberry, 35, a nurse, whose husband, Clint, 43, acts as Brandon's full-time caregiver. "He has been, ever since the day he was shot."
Stansberry was out paying a bill when a 20-year-old babysitter, hearing a suspicious noise, grabbed the .380-caliber Bryco handgun the family kept in a drawer to ward off mountain lions from their remote home. The sitter was trying to make sure the chamber was empty when the gun accidentally fired a single bullet that tore through Maxfield's chin and severed his spine. In May 2003, an Oakland jury—finding that the gun's design was faulty—ruled Bryco had to pay Maxfield $24 million in damages. (His parents—who also have two other sons and a daughter—and the babysitter were also found partially liable, though they were not required to pay damages.) Brandon collected $9 million (now kept in a trust), but a day after the judgment Bryco founder and CEO Bruce Jennings filed for bankruptcy, making it difficult to collect damages.
Bryco's Jennings calls Brandon's effort a "cute little scheme" designed to profit Maxfield and his lawyer, who would be able to sell off all the firm's physical assets while leaving the company's three remaining employees in limbo. "They're destroying an industry," he says. If Maxfield had the ability to shrug, he would. "I just want to get those guns off the street," he says, "and keep other people from getting hurt."
December 22, 2014
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!