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850g Gun Recoil

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MAUSER88, Aug 25, 2004.

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  1. MAUSER88

    MAUSER88 Member

    Apr 16, 2004
    This was a perfectly legal sale as far as I can tell!!!!!



    August 25, 2004 -- PHILADELPHIA — A gun dealer agreed to pay $850,000 to a woman whose 7-year-old son was killed with a revolver the dealer sold to a middleman who illegally resold the weapon on the street.
    The settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit, approved by a judge last week, has implications nationwide for gun-shop owners who sell to "straw" buyers, frontmen who buy arms for gun traffickers, experts said.

    "There is a risk of liability that is now real" for gun dealers, said Dennis Henigan, legal director for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. "These kinds of transactions occur every day in gun shops in every state in the country."

    Perry Bruce repeatedly bought small handguns from Jon Sauers, the owner of Sauers Trading, and resold them illegally.

    On April 19, 1999, children found one of the guns that Bruce bought under a parked car. A child pointed the revolver at Nafis Jefferson, 7, and pulled the trigger, killing him. Police believe a drug dealer had hidden the gun under the car.

    Bruce pleaded guilty to federal gun-trafficking charges in 1998.

    Sauers had testified in a deposition that he complied with state and federal law in each sale to Bruce, but that he never asked Bruce why he bought 10 small handguns from him between 1994 and 1997.

    "I don't know what my reason would be to ask him," Sauers said in the deposition. "I didn't think it was any of my business."

    An attorney for the boy's mother, Tennille Jefferson, said he hoped the settlement would discourage gun dealers from making such sales.

    "They just pretend it's not happening when they know better," said Mark LeWinter.

    When reached Monday, Sauers said, "I don't believe I want to say anything at all."

    His lawyer also declined to comment. AP
  2. dsb

    dsb Member

    Feb 16, 2004
    There must be more to this situation than we are being told. It's not like this Bruce fella was buying an unusual amount of guns - only 10 in 3 years. If that is the only qualification for IDing a straw buyer, I think there are probably quite a few straw buyers on this board!
  3. Chut1st

    Chut1st Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Raises a few questions:

    1) Why was this settled rather than tried? Did the liability insurance carrier force this?

    2) Was the "straw man" prosecuted? After all, there is a requirement that purchases not be for third parties?

    3) Did a background check by the dealer not disclose the 1998 conviction for gun trafficking?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    Chut1st (ask questions later).
  4. atek3

    atek3 Member

    Mar 5, 2003
    SW CT
    Well he sold him the guns in '94 through '97 so it seems unlikely the department of future crimes prevention could have flagged a conviction from '98. :)

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