Milwaukee Gun Shop Found Liable in Police Shootings

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MILWAUKEE, WI -- No matter which side you're on, we can all agree we want guns OUT of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them, right?

But that's easier said than done. Just ask Ro Carter, who owns Mister Guns in Plano.  His store was robbed back in September, putting 93 guns into the wrong hands -- hands that still haven't been cuffed.

"It's currently still being investigated by ATF," Carter told NewsFix. "I know that they have some leads and they've been actively working it."

Hey, there's no gun control law to stop that from happening, but two cops in Milwaukee say they wouldn't have been shot in the face if Badger Guns had followed the laws against "straw purchases."

"A straw purchase is when someone essentially comes in and lies and buys a gun for another person," Carter explained. "either somebody is underage or somebody's not allowed to have a gun."

That's what happened in Milwaukee. And when the officers ran into the guy who ended up with the illegal gun -- he shot them with it in the face!

Both officers survived, thank goodness, and they sued Badger Guns for negligence in allowing the straw purchase.  They won, and the jury awarded them over $5 million.

So, what's this mean for gun store owners?  Well, maybe not a whole lot.

"I don't think it would affect how we're gonna do business," said Carter. "We already have to be very vigilant."

Yeah, when it comes to potential lawsuits -- not to mention deadly weapons -- it's better safe than sorry.