Jury Rules Gun Shop Liable for a Weapon That Wounded Police Officers

MILKWAUKEE, WI (WTXF) A jury has reached a verdict in a case that could have monumental implications for the gun industry.

Late Tuesday jurors in Milwaukee ordered a Wisconsin gun store, Badger Guns, to pay nearly six million dollars to two police officers wounded by a gun purchased at that shop.

The officers were shot after they stopped a young man for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. The suit alleged the store was negligent in selling the gun to a so-called straw buyer.

One officer was forced to retire after the shooting because he lost part of his brain. 

“Badger Guns did not do the job it was required to do when it made that sale. If they had done their job, Bryan and Graham wouldn't have been shot June 9,”attorney for the two wounded officers, Patrick Dunphy, says.

James Vogts, the attorney for the gun shop says the responsibility for shooting the officers rests only with the gunman, Julius Burton—not the gun shop.

“It was Julius Burton who sent Jacob Collins in that store to buy the gun. It was Julius Burton who put the gun in his pocket to take it home that day. It was Julius Burton who resisted that day. And it was Julius Burton who pulled the trigger of that gun,” Vogts says.

Burton pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree attempted intentional homicide and  is now serving an 80-year sentence.

Authorities have said more than 500 firearms recovered from crime scenes around the nation have been traced back to Badger Guns and one of its affiliates.

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