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Video: Milwaukee Officers Wounded on Duty Sue Gun Store

October 06, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Milwaukee Officers Wounded on Duty Sue Gun Store

A trial that could set a gun law precedent resumed Tuesday in Milwaukee, where two police officers shot in the line of duty are suing the owners of a gun store. They claim the owners were negligent in selling the weapon used in the shooting.

The question is whether a store that sells a gun used in a crime can be held liable in a civil case for the harm inflicted on the victims -- in this case, the two officers who were shot in the face, reports CBS News.

Milwaukee police officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch took the stand Monday, recounting the 2009 shooting incident that left them with devastating injuries. Surveillance video shows the officers confronting Julius Burton just before he opened fire on them.

In their lawsuit, the officers claim the weapon Burton used was "negligently and unlawfully sold by Badger Guns."

Comments (15)

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Capt. Johnson @ 10/6/2015 3:40 PM

Why not extend the concept? Sue Chevy if a drunkard in a Chevy hits you. Or sue the dealer that sold the drunk guy the Chevy; after all the dealer should have somehow known the driver was a drinker. And why not sue the gun dealer if you're a dumb...k and shoot your toe off practicing quick draw with a loaded sidearm?

Lonegunmann @ 10/6/2015 4:32 PM

While I am happy the officers survived and commend them on their courage I can not understand or support their claim that the gun shop is responsible for the criminal act of Julius Burton. Unless they can prove criminal negligence, considering what can take place nowadays, their should be no negligence found if it were a legal transaction - I noticed we were not provided the facts of the sale to be able to draw a more concrete conclusion. Considering this then I can not rule it out until I know more.

Steve @ 10/6/2015 5:11 PM

Sorry for the injuries but your blaming the wrong people blame the scumbag who shot you

JohnL @ 10/6/2015 5:23 PM

Bloomberg shills. That fellow officers would do this shows how far we've fallen.

R. G. Montgomery @ 10/6/2015 5:26 PM

Any explanation of how the gun store owner was negligent? Was the shooter a convicted felon, adjudicated mentally incompetent, or some other category of precluded person?

If not, what's the argument?

Are they going to sue car dealers who sell a car used in a crime or used to injure or kill a police officer as well?

Or is this just the standard "We'll sue everyone until we get some money" plan?

Dave @ 10/6/2015 6:25 PM

If you can sue a gun store that sells a gun to a potential criminal, then I plan to sue the hell out of Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet for selling cars to potential alcoholics who may drive drunk and possibly kill someone.

This situation is unfortunate, but these ignorant men are going to stir a hornet's nest. This nanny state is getting out of control. If these LEO's win, we're all in trouble.

Pwarner @ 10/6/2015 8:55 PM

Only in Milwaukee

Fed Cop 1 @ 10/7/2015 6:28 AM

Sounds kind of fishy to go after the store that sold the gun.

Bill @ 10/7/2015 6:39 AM

Gentlemen, thank you for your service, however going after the owner of a gun shop, who is required under Federal Law to do a background check on a gun purchase is completely wrong. If you follow your line of attack, then you should also sue the BATF, since they must have given a green light to allow the sale. Another frivolous law suit by some ambulance chasing attorney

Bill C. @ 10/7/2015 6:48 AM

Gentlemen, while I applaud your service to your community, your lawsuit against the owner of the gun store is frivolous. In the United States, gun store owners are required to do an ATF approved background check on any individual wishing to purchase a weapon. IF the gun store owner followed federal statutes and did the required background, and IF, the ATF said it was OK for the person to purchase the gun, then the gun store owner should be held harmless. Otherwise you need to also include the ATF in your lawsuit. This seems more like some ambulance chasing attorney trying to make some $$$$ with another frivolous lawsuit. I regret you suffered injuries, but the gun store owner is not the person you should sue, it is the person who shot you.

Trigger @ 10/7/2015 7:19 AM

This was a very tragic event however I do have a question, was there an investigation into the sale of the firearm? If there was an investigation and an illegal sale took place was prosecution sought? This may be a foundation for a law suit however if Badger Guns did nothing wrong how can they be held liable for the officers being shot? This make about as much sense as suing a Ford dealership because someone they sold a car to ran into someone!

Hoshi @ 10/7/2015 8:48 AM

The gun store has more money than the perp. This is so wrong.

James Bullock @ 10/7/2015 10:41 AM

This stinks of gun control advocates. Why are the terms of the sale so conveniently left out. Who is backing these guys. Would not surprise me if it is not connected to Michael Bloomburg or the Bradys. These officers are clearly either gun control advocates or they are seriously being mislead.

Matt @ 10/7/2015 12:01 PM

Watch or read the news story linked in the posting and I don't think you'll believe this is frivolous. The gun shop in question had hundreds of the guns it sold used in crimes. In addition, the suspect acquired his gun through a straw purchase as he was under the legal age to purchase a firearm at the time, and the transaction was videotaped.

Sounds to me there's more going on than just a money grab.

Robert @ 10/8/2015 7:38 PM

Matt if all that was taking place on video then the ATF should be charging them federally. Something's not adding up.

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