Two officers in Wisconsin won a lawsuit after they sued a gun store that sold the weapon used against them in a shooting.

Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch each won $1.5 million and $3.5 million in the suit, respectively. In 2009, Officers Kunish and Norberg approached 18-year-old Julius Burton for riding his bike on a sidewalk. Burton drew a gun and shot each officer in the face. Kunisch lost an eye and part of his brain, and Norberg was shot in the mouth.

One month before the shooting, surveillance footage at the Badger Gun store showed Burton and a friend. Burton, being underage, paid the friend $40 to enter the store and purchase the gun used in the shooting. This illegal sale is called a “straw purchase.” The store clerk, Donald Flora, lamented the sale.

“The last thing we want to do is put a gun in somebody’s hands that’s going to commit a crime,” said Flora. Despite this claim, in 2005, 537 gun recovered from crimes were sold by Badger Guns. The gun store was considered “the number one crime gun dealer in America.”

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced