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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Madison Heights Gun Dealer Being Sued By New York City

In a story provided by WSLS that has few details, Webb's Sporting Good's in Madison Heights is being sued for illegally selling guns. The suit rests upon the idea that the gun dealer would have to have a suspicion that guns were going to be resold. A total of 15 dealers are being sued.

A suspicion of that would be hard to prove, especially because an individual in Virginia can only buy 3 guns per month. It would be a stretch to prove that the gun dealer would have suspicions about resale if the three gun allowance was not broken.

The News and Advance further elaborates on the story:

According to a press release from the New York City Mayor’s office, 15 guns used in crimes in New York City between 1994 and 2001 have been traced back to Webb’s store.

New York authorities hired private investigators to secretly video tape purchases at the 15 stores and reportedly made one video tape at Webb's store.

Harold “Webb” Babcock Jr. claims he has done nothing wrong.


At 10:41 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

this frosts my tail end! I used to frequent Webb's when I was still shooting. NY can send their refuse here to our lovely state, then sue our gun dealers. Not good for northerners image in this mom's mind.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Ken Martin said...

According to the report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch is has more to do with "straw" purchases than anything else. A straw purchase is when two or more individuals inquire about or look at a firearm. Such as a husband and wife or a friend helping a friend make a sound decision.

It appears there are hidden camera involved also. Of course the stores targeted had guns used in crimes in New York traced back to them.

Why would you go to purchase a gun and not have enough money and have to borrow it from someone, as was mentioned in Webb's case?

Interesting to say the least.

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No such thing as a three gun per month limit in Virginia. Who does the fact-checking for these articles?



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