A federal judge says a Wisconsin gun store whose license was revoked nearly three years ago can continue to sell guns as its appeal moves forward, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Griesbach trumps a move by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that had ordered Shawano Gun & Loan to stop selling guns as of last Saturday. Griesbach’s orders means gun sales will continue for months or maybe even years at Shawano Gun, whose license was revoked in 2007 for repeatedly failing to keep accurate records and making suspected straw gun sales.
Griesbach ruled in August that Shawano Gun broke federal law and should lose its license, but he did not take a position on whether gun sales should continue. The store is appealing Griesbach’s decision on the revocation to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. ATF ordered the store to stop selling guns after a series of articles by the Journal Sentinel showing how congressional action and ATF’s practices hobble the agency’s ability to crack down on problem gun dealers. Raymond Dall’Osto, the store’s attorney, questioned whether “extensive media attention” had influenced ATF. He argued that forcing the store to stop selling guns during its appeal would make a victory on appeal meaningless, “just like a death row inmate who gets a habeas corpus hearing weeks after his execution.”