Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Gun shop must pay officers shot with weapon it sold

A jury has ordered a gun shop to pay nearly $6 million to two Milwaukee police officers who were seriously wounded when shot by a gun purchased at the store.

Jurors issued the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit against Badger Guns. The lawsuit alleges the store was negligent and should've spotted clear warning signs that the gun was being sold to a "straw buyer," or someone who was buying the gun for someone who couldn't legally do so. Officer Bryan Norberg and now-retired Officer Graham Kunisch were both shot in the face by a man they stopped in 2009.

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