Judge tosses Chicago’s lawsuit against Indiana gun shop
A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit the city of Chicago filed against a northwestern Indiana store that alleged it sold hundreds of guns in straw purchases that ended up in the hands of felons or at crime scenes in the city.
The city sued Westforth Sports Inc. of Gary in April 2021, alleging the store repeatedly violated federal gun laws and that store owner Earl Westforth ignored warnings from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about suspicious purchases at the store.
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Cook County Circuit Court Judge Clare Quish dismissed the lawsuit. Straw gun sales refer to those that someone purportedly purchases for their own use but actually are bought for others.
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Attorneys for Westforth Sports argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because the city of Chicago’s allegations concerned transactions between Westforth and residents of Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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In a statement issued after the dismissal, Westforth attorney Timothy Rudd said that the court “properly found that Constitutional