MILWAUKEE — The owner of a gun
shop that sold the handgun used to wound two Milwaukee police
officers in 2009 testified that he made no major changes in the
years before the shooting, even though the store was cited for 130
Adam Allan testified Friday in a
trial that pits the wounded officers against Badger Guns store and
its owners. The officers allege in their lawsuit that the store
and its owners were negligent.
Allan took over the store in
September 2007 and was inspected eight months later, finding 70
violations at that time.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
) that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives warned Allan in 2008 that if he continued to violate
federal regulations, his license may be revoked.
Allan testified that he promised to
do a better job, but he didn't give examples of what he did.
A year after that warning, Badger
Guns sold the weapon used to shoot Officer Bryan Norberg and
former Officer Graham Kunisch.
Jacob Collins bought the gun and
gave it to Julius Burton in exchange for cash. Burton was 18 and
couldn't buy a handgun from the store. He was convicted of
shooting the officers and received 80 years in prison; Collins got
two years for being the gun straw buyer.
Allan testified that this was the
only straw sale he was aware of in his store in four years.
The officers' attorney, Patrick
Dunphy, highlighted several "red flags" during the sale,
including the fact that Burton was there and looking over Collins'
shoulder as Collins struggled to fill out required paperwork.
Collins also initially answered on the form that he was not buying
the gun for himself, but he was allowed to change it.
Burton also pointed to the gun and
said, "that is the one." Attorneys for Allan and Badger
Guns said the clerk who sold the gun did not see that exchange.
When Allan took over the store in
2007, he also took over the inventory of Badger Outdoors, which
operated in the same location. In 2006, ATF regulators recommended
revoking Badger Outdoors' license, but that didn't happen.
Instead, the license was given up and a new one was issued to
In their lawsuit, the officers have
alleged a conspiracy to pass the business to Allan and defeat the
recommended revocation. The defendants' attorneys have said it was
always the plan to pass the business to the next generation and
there was no conspiracy.
The ATF ultimately revoked Allan's
license in 2011.