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Wisconsin Gun Store Found Liable for Straw Buyer Sale

A man enters a gun store in Los Angeles, California on August 27, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
A man enters a gun store in Los Angeles, California on August 27, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Two recent high-profile cases in Wisconsin and Michigan are playing into the larger national debate on gun control.

In Milwaukee, a jury awarded $5 million in damages to two police officers Tuesday in a civil suit brought against a local gun shop that sold to a straw buyer in 2009, after the gun sold was used in an attack that severely wounded both policemen.

And in Auburn Hills, Michigan, prosecutors charged a woman with a misdemeanor for firing her gun at a shoplifter’s getaway car in the parking lot of a Home Depot.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine about both cases.

Guest

  • Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and a senior research fellow at Yale Law School. She tweets @emilybazelon.

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