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Rare defeat in court 'puts gun dealers across America on notice'

Rare defeat in court 'puts gun dealers across America on notice'

Strict federal protections couldn't save the firearms industry from an unusual defeat in court this week.

In a nationally watched case, a Wisconsin jury ruled Tuesday that a Milwaukee-area gun store was negligent when it sold a handgun later used to shoot and seriously injure two Milwaukee police officers.

The gun had been bought illegally, and the officers sued the store. A Milwaukee County jury ordered the store to pay $6 million in damages, in effect sending a warning to other gun dealers.

"This is a huge precedent," said Adam Winkler, author of...

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