The jury found that since the gun resembled a toy and lacked what they deemed a sufficient safety device, Valor would have to pay five percent of the total award. It defies logic to see how a student, who was sent home from school for disciplinary reasons, who stole a gun, who brought the gun to school, and who pointed it at and shot his teacher, would have thought the gun was a toy or how a "safety device" would have prevented his deliberate and homicidal act.
Lawrence Keane, Vice President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation noted, "This was a verdict based on emotion, sympathy for the victim, not the law. The firearm was legally sold and owned, but stolen, loaded, and pointed by a criminal. You might as well say Budweiser is responsible for drunk driving." Keane hoped, "An appellate court will have the sense to reverse this."