Kansas High Court Hears Arguments On Gun Shop Owners Liability

By: WIBW (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Posted by Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- The high court also heard arguments on whether gun shop owners can be held liable for selling a gun later used by a convicted felon.

Russell Graham used a shotgun his grandmother bought from a Baxter Springs Gun and Pawn Shop to kill himself and his eight-year-old son in 2003.

The shop's owners initially denied the sale to Graham.His wife filed a negligence case against the shop's owners,saying the grandmother was a so-called "straw purchaser." And alleging they concealed evidence from law enforcement.

A lower court dismissed the case,but the court of appeals reversed that decision in 2010.

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