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Badger GunsMILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County jury finds Badger Guns negligent on several counts -- and the gun shop must now pay millions in damages. The verdict may be a first of its kind in the country.

After more than two weeks in a Milwaukee County courtroom, a decision came in on Tuesday, October 13th. In a case that could send shock waves to gun sellers across the country, more than $5 million was awarded to two Milwaukee police officers seriously injured in a shooting. The jury found the gun shop where the weapon was purchased was negligent for the outcome.

Julius Burton

Julius Burton

In 2009, Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch were shot in the head by Julius Burton. Burton, who was not allowed to own a weapon, got one by having a friend buy a gun at Badger Guns. The store's owners are now being held financially responsible for the outcome of the sale.

"I didn't want to send a message around the country. What I wanted to do was represent my clients, these two Milwaukee police officers. And if some gun dealers realize they will have their feet held to the fire because of the punitive damage award here, then that is a bonus," said Patrick Dunphy, attorney for the officers.

Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch struggle with shooting suspect Julius Burton

Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch struggle with shooting suspect Julius Burton

The officers' lawyers admit there will still be plenty of battles before a single pay check will be cashed.

"We have to wait the years of appeals.  Whether or not they are going to see a dime or not is still open to question," said Dunphy.

Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

"There are certain national ramifications to this verdict because as far as I know this is the first time that a retailer has been held liable," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Barrett is hopeful the jury has sent a message -- that those who sell guns may not be off the hook once weapons are out of their hands.

"I want gun dealers to be on notice that they have a responsibility," said Barrett.

10 comments

    • NoLibs

      WelL Nikki, I haven’t seen that information mentioned anywhere, care to share your special “Source” of that information? While it is wrong to fudge paperwork, they should be fined for doing so – nothing more. Why are they being held liable for murder? They did not pull that trigger. Are you one of those typical libs that likes to talk out of their arse?

    • Demsareblind

      Nikki, it’s pretty sad that you and the other delusional dems think the only way to counter-argue your point is by going around and reporting everyone’s post who disagrees with your opinion so those who support the gun shop are removed from the conversation. It’s pathetic, it’s cowardly and it shows the extent that delusional liberals will go in order to try to suppress other opinions because they are so self-centered as to think they have the only “right” opinion. I’m here to tell you how WRONG you are. Maybe instead of whining like a little baby and stomping your feet, you should start focusing on creating a compelling argument. We’re waiting…

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