Fla. dealer agrees to stop selling firearms in lawsuit settlement

Kent’s Note: This story comes from the Associated Press

OLDSMAR, Fla. — A longtime Florida gun dealer has agreed to abandon the industry to settle a lawsuit brought by a national gun-control group that argued his store should be held liable for selling a firearm to a mentally ill man who used it to kill his mother and her boyfriend in 2012.

The Tampa Bay Times reports owner Gerald Tanso has sold his Oldsmar gun store, Lock N Load, and promised to never engage in the business of selling firearms again.

The remainder of the settlement is confidential. But an attorney with the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence says Tanso also agreed to make a public statement urging gun dealers to adopt stringent background checks, security measures and other practices to prevent straw purchasers and criminals from obtaining firearms.



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  1. So, he’s allowed a bully organization to tell him how to live his life? Disgusting to say the very least. The Brady Group does not understand how background checks are handled, that is clear. The form asks you to truthfully answer the questions which may disqualify you from purchasing a firearm. There are no checks actually made, other than what may appear on the database utilized by that state, to determine if they are being truthful or not. It is up to the salesman or store owner, however, to be vigilant concerning straw purchases, and most making such a purchase will either have the other party with them when shopping, or make revealing statements such as, “I think he’ll like it.” Once that is said, it’s time to ask just who they’re buying the firearm for. Unless satisfied, the firearm should go back in the case and the purchaser instructed to bring in his “friend” so that he can fill out the 4473 with his own information and answer the questions on it. That is being prudent, and putting sales revenue behind public safety, where it should always be.

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