Bloomberg Group Puts Gun Store Owner Out of a Job 

“It’s wrong to punish the seller of a legal product for doing what’s constitutionally protected,” GOA's Erich Pratt said in an interview. “The bad guy in this case is the murderer. You don’t go after Chrysler because a car that was sold by a dealer is used to run somebody over.”

Bloomberg Group Puts Gun Store Owner Out of a Job 

The first time Benjamin Bishop walked into Lock N Load and tried to buy a gun, employees at the Florida gun store turned him away — and rightly so.

Bishop had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.... After his mother had him involuntarily committed, he tried to strangle her.

So the second time he went to Lock N Load in Oldsmar, Fla., he brought a neighborhood acquaintance.... Outside the store, the neighbor turned the 12-gauge over to Bishop, who said he wanted to use it to protect himself from gang members.

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But Bishop used the weapon on his mother instead....

Bishop, now in his early 20s, is serving two consecutive life sentences in prison. With the gunman off the streets, the families of the victims and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence focused their attention on Lock N Load, the store where Bishop got his gun...

Despite the Brady Center’s victories in Florida and Kansas City, Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said courts have been throwing out similar cases for years.

“It’s wrong to punish the seller of a legal product for doing what’s constitutionally protected,” he said in an interview. “The bad guy in this case is the murderer. You don’t go after Chrysler because a car that was sold by a dealer is used to run somebody over.”

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