Back in 2009, a man in Milwaukee shot two police officers while they were attempting to arrest him. It turned out that the shooter was using a gun that had been purchased for him by another person.
This morning, a Milwaukee County judge ruled that the two officers, who were both disabled for life, have a case against the store that sold the gun.
Now, if the store - Badger Guns - knew that the man purchasing the weapon was a straw-buyer, then they're in trouble. However, if they were unaware of it, this raises a grim spectre.
If this court trial finds the owners of Badger Guns (now Brew City Shooter's Supply, Inc.) liable for the damages caused by a legally-sold, then illegally-handed-off, handgun, no store that sells guns will be safe from prosecution. That means Cabela's, Gander Mountain, and other stores could find themselves in the crosshairs of a huge pile of lawsuits, should one of the guns they sold be used to kill someone.